Topics in Matching and Market Design

Economics 40701 -- University of Chicago -- Spring 2013


This course is a reading seminar on the theory and practice of market design. The first few weeks will introduce the field and its technology; subsequent weeks will discuss recent papers alongside their classical antecedents. 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 spectrum reassembly, cadet--branch matching, affirmative action, kidney exchange chains, and the design of dating websites.

This course is the third course in the 2012--2013 Market Design field sequence -- it follows Economics 40501 (Price Theory and Market Design) and Economics 40801 (Introduction to Theory-Based Empirical Methods with Applications to Market Design).

For information on Logistics and Requirements:

See the course syllabus (posted February 28, 2013; revised May 3, 2013).

Assignment Deadlines:

Short Idea Proposals are due on May 10, May 24, and June 6.
Long Idea Proposals are due on June 6.


DateTopicDiscussion Leader(s)
April 5, 2013 Introduction/OverviewScott Duke Kominers [Instructor]
April 12, 2013 The Market Designer's ToolboxScott Duke Kominers [Instructor]
April 26, 2013 Combinatorial Assignment Eric Budish [Guest Instructor]
May 1, 2013 School Choice in Theory and Practice Parag A. Pathak [BFI Visiting Fellow]
May 3, 2013 Cadet--Branch MatchingChrissy Gilder
Daniel Hedblom
Gita Khun Jush
May 10, 2013 Signaling in Matching MarketsEric Guan
Mohammad Moravvej
Angela Wang
May 17, 2013 Affirmative Action in School ChoiceJonathan Davis
Suraj Malladi
Michael Olijnyk
Karl Schurter
May 24, 2013 Kidney Exchange ChainsKentaro Asai
Daniel Kassler
Bradly Stadie
Evan Zimmerman
May 31, 2013 Spectrum ReassemblyJames Marrone
Yakym Pirozhenko
Daniel Shank
Runnan Yang