Economics 40701 -- University of Chicago -- Winter 2012
This course is a reading seminar on current research in the theory of market design. Recent papers will be discussed alongside their classical antecedents. The course will focus almost entirely on papers presenting novel market design problems and techniques. In addition to technical content, class discussion will pay special attention to issues of problem identification and formulation, so as to understand what comprises "interesting" work in market design.
Most papers under consideration will be theoretical, although some empirical/engineering work will be discussed. Topics will include matching with contracts, matching with regional caps, cadet--branch matching, large-scale kidney exchange, random assignment, land assembly, and markets for private data.
This course complements Economics 40603.
For information on Logistics and Requirements:
See the course syllabus (posted October 14, 2011; revised February 25, 2012).
To Make an Office Hours Appointment:
Use the Office Hours Calendar.
Short Idea Proposals are due on February 11, March 3, and March 17.
Long Idea Proposals are due on March 17.
Date Topic Discussion Leader(s) January 6, 2012 [Market Design ASSA Meeting Sessions] [Follow @skominers for Information] January 13, 2012 Introduction/Overview Scott Duke Kominers [Instructor] January 20, 2012 Matching with Regional Caps Xan Vongsathorn January 27, 2012 Cadet--Branch Matching Hanzhe Zhang/Sam Hwang February 3, 2012 Substitutability and the Kelso-Crawford Legacy Scott Duke Kominers [Instructor] February 10, 2012 Random Allocation Mechanisms Hanzhe Zhang/Sam Hwang February 17, 2012 Signaling in Matching Markets Ignacia Mercadal February 24, 2012 Markets for Private Data Naiqing Gu February 26, 2012 Large-Scale Kidney Exchange Ben Galick March 2, 2012 Financial Intermediation in Networks Itay Fainmesser [Special Guest] March 5, 2012 "Hidden" Market Design Jose Viteri March 9, 2012 Market Design through History