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The Portuguese high school match

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  • António Neto

    () (School of Economics and Management (FEP), University of Porto, Portugal)

Abstract

School Choice Theory is one of the research areas in Economics that has an immediate application to reality: every year, thousands of students around the world have to enroll at a new school. This paper introduces the Portuguese School Matching Algorithm and analyzes its main properties. I show that (a) the Portuguese algorithm can be described almost as the deferred-acceptance (DA) algorithm; (b) the constraint in terms of the number of schools parents can submit might harm the strategy-proof characteristic of the DA algorithm; (c) there are still several ways students can manipulate the system of priorities. Finally, I propose a new approach regarding the strategy-proof property by distinguishing between static-strategy-proof and dynamic-strategy-proof.

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  • António Neto, 2015. "The Portuguese high school match," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 35(3), pages 1765-1771.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-15-00259
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    Keywords

    Matching theory; school matching algorithm; high school;

    JEL classification:

    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education

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