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Can EconJobMarket help Canadian universities?


  • Kim Nguyen
  • Michael Peters
  • Michel Poitevin


We analyze the academic matching market by considering a simple model in which applicants who face an application cost strategically choose portfolios of applications. Universities then play a decentralized offer game in which unaccepted offers result in failure to trade on both sides of the market. We characterize a basic equilibrium to illustrate the sorting role that application costs play. In a numeric example, we illustrate how reduced application costs can result in increased matching frictions. Est‐ce qu’une foire des emplois pour les économistes pourrait aider les universités canadiennes? On analyse l’arrimage sur le marché académique des économistes en considérant un modèle simple dans lequel ceux qui font face à un coût d’application pour un poste choisissent stratégiquement des portefeuilles d’applications. Les universités jouent alors un jeu de l’offre décentralisée dans lequel les offres non‐acceptées résultent en une défaillance de l’échange des deux côtés du marché. On caractérise un équilibre de base pour illustrer le rôle d’allocation que jouent les coûts d’application. Un exemple numérique illustre comment des coûts d’application réduits peuvent engendrer des frictions d’arrimage accrues.

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  • Kim Nguyen & Michael Peters & Michel Poitevin, 2017. "Can EconJobMarket help Canadian universities?," Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'économique, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 50(5), pages 1573-1594, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:canjec:v:50:y:2017:i:5:p:1573-1594
    DOI: 10.1111/caje.12308

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