Market Design

Economics 2099 -- Harvard University -- Fall 2017


This course explores the theory and practice of market design. Key topics include auctions, labor market matching, school choice programs, online markets, organ exchange systems, financial market design, and matching with contracts. The first half of the course will introduce market design and its technology; subsequent weeks will discuss recent papers alongside their classical antecedents.

Information on Logistics, Requirements, and Readings:

See the course syllabus (posted August 5, 2017).

Assignment Deadlines:

A short proposal summary/plan will be due on October 13, 2017. The final proposal will be due on December 8, 2017 (the last day of Reading Period).


September 5, 2017Introduction/Overview
September 12, 2017The Market Designer's Toolbox
September 19, 2017Food Supply, Scrip Systems,
and Pseudo-Markets
September 26, 2017School ChoiceParag Pathak
October 3, 2017Signaling in Matching Markets
October 10, 2017Internet MarketsBen Edelman, Andrey Fradkin
October 17, 2017Auction TheoryShengwu Li
October 24, 2017The US Spectrum Incentive Auction
October 31, 2017Organ AllocationCarmen Wang
November 7, 2017Refugees, Immigration, and
Economic Development
Ilya Vidrin
November 14, 2017Markets for Intellectual Property
November 21, 2017New HorizonsRavi Jagadeesan, Nikhil Naik,
David Parkes, Ben Roth, Utku Ünver
November 28, 2017Student Talks/Course Wrap

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