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Games of School Choice under the Boston Mechanism

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  • Haluk Ergin

    (MIT)

  • Tayfun Sönmez

    ()
    (Boston College)

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Many school districts in the U.S. use a student assignment mechanism that we refer to as the Boston mechanism. Under this mechanism a student loses his priority at a school unless his parents rank it as their first choice. Therefore parents are given incentives to rank high on their list the schools where the student has a good chance of getting in. We characterize the Nash equilibria of the induced preference revelation game. An important policy implication of our result is that a transition from the Boston mechanism to the student-optimal stable mechanism would lead to unambiguous efficiency gains.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 619.

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Date of creation: 12 Sep 2005
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Publication status: forthcoming, Journal of Public Economics
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:619

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Keywords: student assignment; Boston mechanism; induced preference revelation; mechanism design;

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