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Marriage Matching and Intercorrelation of Preferences

  • James W. Boudreau

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Vicki Knoblauch

    (University of Connecticut)

Men's and women's preferences are intercorrelated to the extent that men rank highly those women who rank them highly. Intercorrelation plays an important but overlooked role in determining outcomes of matching mechanisms. We study via simulation the effect of intercorrelated preferences on men's and women's aggregate satisfaction with the outcome of the Gale-Shapley matching mechanism. We conclude with an application of our results to the student admission matching problem.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2008-27.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2008-27
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