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Matching and Efficiency in the Baseball Free-Agent System: An Experimental Examination

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  • Nalbantian, Haig R
  • Schotter, Andrew

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This article presents the results of an experimental study investigating the problem of allocating heterogeneous indivisible objects using market-like mechanisms. The object of study is the market for professional baseball players in their free-agent year. The authors investigate both the current free-agency system and a variant of the current system instituted informally by the teams and ruled illegal by arbitrators. They then propose and test a new alternative matching mechanism, which proves to have quite a few desirable characteristics. Copyright 1995 by University of Chicago Press.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Labor Economics.

Volume (Year): 13 (1995)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 1-31

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:13:y:1995:i:1:p:1-31

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