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Expanding "Choice" in School Choice

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  • Atila Abdulkadiroglu

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    (Duke University - Department of Economics)

  • Yeon-Koo Che

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    (Columbia University - Department of Economics)

  • Yosuke Yasuda

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    (Columbia University - Department of Economics)

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Truthful revelation of preferences has emerged as a desideratum in the design of school choice programs. Gale-Shapley's deferred acceptance mechanism is strategy-proof for students but limits their ability to communicate their preference intensities. This results in ex-ante inefficiency when ties at school preferences are broken randomly. We propose a variant of deferred acceptance mechanism which allows students to influence how they are treated in ties. It maintains truthful revelation of ordinal preferences and supports a greater scope of efficiency.

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Paper provided by Columbia University, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 0809-09.

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  1. Fuhito Kojima & M. Ünver, 2014. "The “Boston” school-choice mechanism: an axiomatic approach," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 55(3), pages 515-544, April.
  2. Yinghua He & Antonio Miralles & Jianye Yan, 2012. "Competitive Equilibrium from Equal Incomes for Two-Sided Matching," Working Papers 692, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
  3. Antonio Miralles, 2011. "Pseudomarkets with Priorities in Large Random Assignment Economies," Working Papers 537, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
  4. Alvin E. Roth, 2007. "What Have We Learned From Market Design?," NBER Working Papers 13530, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Eric Budish & Estelle Cantillon, 2012. "The Multi-unit Assignment Problem: Theory and Evidence from Course Allocation at Harvard," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/99376, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  6. Alexander Westkamp, 2013. "An analysis of the German university admissions system," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 53(3), pages 561-589, August.
  7. Alexander Westkamp, . "An analysis of the German university admissions system," Bonn Econ Discussion Papers bgse02_2012, University of Bonn, Germany.
  8. Atila Abdulkadiroglu & Parag A. Pathak & Alvin E. Roth, 2009. "Strategy-Proofness versus Efficiency in Matching with Indifferences: Redesigning the NYC High School Match," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 99(5), pages 1954-78, December.

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