Market Design

Economics 2099 -- Harvard University -- Fall 2018


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 29, 2018).

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Assignment Deadlines:

A short proposal summary/plan will be due on October 17, 2018. The final proposal will be due on December 10, 2018 (the last day of Reading Period).


September 4, 2018Introduction/Overview
September 11, 2018The Market Designer's Toolbox
September 18, 2018Food Supply, Scrip Systems, and
Erica Moszkowski
September 25, 2018School Choice
October 2, 2018Generalized MatchingRavi Jagadeesan
October 9, 2018Markets for Intellectual Property
October 16, 2018Auction TheoryShengwu Li
October 23, 2018The US Spectrum Incentive Auction
October 30, 2018Organ Allocation
November 6, 2018Finance, Cryptocurrency, and
November 13, 2018Inequality and Urban IssuesEdward L. Glaeser
November 20, 2018New HorizonsZoë Cullen, Andrey Fradkin
David Parkes, Utku Ünver,
Kate Vredenburgh
November 27, 2018Refugees, Immigration, and
Economic Development
Benjamin Roth
December 4, 2018Student Talks/Course Wrap

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