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Interdistrict School Choice: A Theory of Student Assignment

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  • Isa Hafalir

    (University of Technology Sydney)

  • Fohita Kojima

    () (Stanford University)

  • M. Bumin Yenmez

    (Boston College)

Abstract

Interdistrict school choice programs—where a student can be assigned to a school outside of her district—are widespread in the US, yet the market-design literature has not considered such programs. We introduce a model of interdistrict school choice and present two mechanisms that produce stable or efficient assignments. We consider three cate- gories of policy goals on assignments and identify when the mechanisms can achieve them. By introducing a novel framework of interdistrict school choice, we provide a new avenue of research in market design.

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  • Isa Hafalir & Fohita Kojima & M. Bumin Yenmez, 2018. "Interdistrict School Choice: A Theory of Student Assignment," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 970, Boston College Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:970
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    Keywords

    Interdistrict school choice; student assignment; stability; efficiency.;

    JEL classification:

    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • D47 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Market Design
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation

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