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On Allocative Distortions in Problems of Self-Selection

  • Russell Cooper
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    This paper considers the general structure of self-selection models. By imposing conditions which permit the ordering of agents by their preferences, we provide a characterization of the distortions inherent in the sorting process. We also discuss extensions of the basic model such as randomization.

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    Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 647R.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 1983
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    Publication status: Published in Rand Journal of Economics (Winter 1985), 15(4): 568-577
    Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:647r
    Note: CFP 615.
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