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Matching and Sorting when Like Attracts Like

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This paper examines a class of two-sided matching problems with non-transferable utility. Agents are horizontally differentiated, and each would prefer to be matched to a similar partner, i.e. "like attracts like". such preferences imply a unique equilibrium assignment describing the pattern of matching; however, the pattern of assortment in equilibrium is found to depend critically on the distribution of types among the two sexes. Classification-JEL: C7

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Paper provided by Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh in its series ESE Discussion Papers with number 171.

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Length: 23
Date of creation: 27 Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:edn:esedps:171

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Keywords: Matching; sorting; uniqueness; horizontal heterogeneity; marriage.;

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Cited by:
  1. Jean Guillaume Forand & Vikram Maheshri, 2013. "(De)Regulation and Market Thickness," Working Papers 2013-252-38, Department of Economics, University of Houston.
  2. Flanders, Sam, 2013. "Continuous Matching with Single Peaked Preferences," MPRA Paper 53668, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Flanders, Sam, 2014. "Matching Markets with N-Dimensional Preferences," MPRA Paper 53669, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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