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Frictional matching: Evidence from law school admission


  • Courty, Pascal
  • Pagliero, Mario


We measure friction as the number of unnecessary student applications and school admissions that have to be undertaken per actual matriculation. Friction increases with student and school attractiveness with a decrease at the top.

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  • Courty, Pascal & Pagliero, Mario, 2010. "Frictional matching: Evidence from law school admission," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 108(2), pages 208-211, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:108:y:2010:i:2:p:208-211

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    1. Robert Shimer & Lones Smith, 2000. "Assortative Matching and Search," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 68(2), pages 343-370, March.
    2. Becker, Gary S, 1973. "A Theory of Marriage: Part I," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 81(4), pages 813-846, July-Aug..
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    College admission Frictional matching Assortative matching;

    JEL classification:

    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact
    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory


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