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Beyond the Spanish MIR with Consent: (Hidden) Cooperation and Coordination in Matching

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  • Alcalde, José

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Sequential mechanisms to solve matching problems are useful to promote (hidden) cooperation between agents. Taking as a starting point the MIR mechanism, employed in Spain to match medical students and residency programs (in privately owned hospitals), we find that: (1) In the current system, where the number of students that each program might enroll is limited, the single equilibrium allocation can be unstable. (2) When the above limit is not (formally) imposed,instability is not expected to occur. Nevertheless, the multiplicity of equilibria shows that coordination failure might emerge, generating a social welfare loss. (3) When the role of students and hospitals is reversed in the MIR mechanism, (hidden) cooperation is guaranteed. Moreover, coordination failure disappears.

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  • Alcalde, José, 2017. "Beyond the Spanish MIR with Consent: (Hidden) Cooperation and Coordination in Matching," QM&ET Working Papers 17-1, University of Alicante, D. Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory.
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    Keywords

    MIR Mechanism; Hidden Cooperation; Coordination;

    JEL classification:

    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation

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