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Object Allocation via Immediate-Acceptance: Characterizations and an Affirmative Action Application

Friday, April 14, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Baxter 127
Bettina Klaus, Professor, Department of Business and Economics, Universite de Lausanne

Abstract: Which mechanism to use to allocate school seats to students still remains a question of hot debate. Meanwhile, immediate acceptance mechanisms remain popular in many school districts. We formalize desirable properties of mechanisms when respecting the relative rank of a school among the students' preferences is crucial. We show that those properties, together with well-known desirable resource allocation properties, characterize immediate acceptance mechanisms. Moreover, we show that replacing one of the properties, consistency, with a weaker property, non-bossiness, leads to a characterization of a much larger class of mechanisms, which we call choice-based immediate acceptance mechanisms. It turns out that certain objectives that are not achievable with immediate acceptance mechanisms, such as affirmative action, can be achieved with a choice-based immediate acceptance mechanism.

Series: Linde Institute/Social and Information Sciences Laboratory Seminar Series (SISL)
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