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College Admissions And The Role Of Information: An Experimental Study

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  • Joana Pais
  • Ágnes Pintér
  • Róbert F. Veszteg

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We analyze two well-known matching mechanisms\the Gale-Shapley, and the Top Trading Cycles (TTC) mechanisms\in theexperimental lab in three different informational settings, and study the role of information in individual decision making. Our results suggest that\in line with the theory\in the college admissions model the Gale-Shapley mechanism outperforms the TTC mechanisms in terms of efficiency and stability, and it is as successful as the TTC mechanism regarding the proportion of truthful preference revelation. In addition, we find that information has an important effect on truthful behavior and stability. Nevertheless, regarding efficiency, the Gale-Shapley mechanism is less sensitive to the amount of information participants hold.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association in its journal International Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 52 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (08)
Pages: 713-737

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Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:52:y:2011:i:3:p:713-737

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  3. Sebastian Braun & Nadja Dwenger & Dorothea Kübler & Alexander Westkamp, 2012. "Implementing quotas in university admissions: An experimental analysis," Kiel Working Papers 1761, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  4. Guillén, Pablo & Hing, Alexander, 2013. "Lying through Their Teeth: Third Party Advice and Truth Telling in a Strategy Proof Mechanism," Working Papers 2013-11, University of Sydney, School of Economics.

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