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Random matching in the college admissions problem

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  • Joana Pais

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In the college admissions problem, we consider the incentives confronting agents who face the prospect of being matched by a random stable mechanism. We provide a fairly complete characterization of ordinal equilbria. Namely, every ordinal equilib- rium yields a degenerate probability distribution. Furthermore, individual rationality is a necessary and sufficient condition for an equilibrium outcome, while stability is guaranteed in ordinal equilibrium where firms act straightforwardly. Finally, we re- late equilibrium behavior in random and in deterministic mechanisms.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 35 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 99-116

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Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:35:y:2008:i:1:p:99-116

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Keywords: C78; Matching; College admissions problem; Stability; Random mechanism;

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  1. Alexander Westkamp, 2013. "An analysis of the German university admissions system," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 53(3), pages 561-589, August.
  2. Pais, Joana, 2008. "Incentives in decentralized random matching markets," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 64(2), pages 632-649, November.
  3. Horstschräer, Julia, 2012. "Decentralizing university admission: Evidence from a natural experiment," ZEW Discussion Papers 12-076, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  4. Haeringer, Guillaume & Klijn, Flip, 2009. "Constrained school choice," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 144(5), pages 1921-1947, September.
  5. Been-Lon Chen & Jie-Ping Mo & Ping Wang, 2012. "Two-sided micro-matching with technical progress," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 50(2), pages 445-462, June.
  6. Christoph Müller, 2009. "Wie lässt sich die Zulassungsinformation der Studieninteressenten verbessern?," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 229(5), pages 544-569, October.

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