Market Design

Economics 2099 -- Harvard University -- Fall 2019


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 28, 2019).

Enrollment Application:

Assignment Deadlines:

A one-paragraph summary of your proposal topic idea will be due on September 29, 2019, and a 1-2 page sketch will be due on November 1, 2019. The final proposal will be due on December 9, 2019 (the last day of Reading Period).


September 3, 2019Introduction/Overview
September 10, 2019The Market Designer's Toolbox
September 17, 2019School ChoiceKentaro Tomoeda
September 25, 2019Organ AllocationMohammad Akbarpour
October 1, 2019Food Supply, Scrip Systems, and
October 8, 2019Auctions and Generalized MatchingRavi Jagadeesan
October 15, 2019Finance, Cryptocurrency, and
Ross Rheingans-Yoo
October 22, 2019Substitutes and Trading Networks
October 29, 2019Collusion in Markets
November 5, 2019Markets for Intellectual Property
November 12, 2019Inequality
November 19, 2019Refugees, Immigration, and
Economic Development
Reshma Hussam
November 26, 2019New HorizonsTBA
December 3, 2019Student Talks/Course Wrap

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