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The Day Care Assignment: A Dynamic Matching Problem

John Kennes (), Daniel Monte () and Norovsambuu Tumennasan ()

American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2014, vol. 6, issue 4, 362-406

Abstract: We study the problem of centralized allocation of children to public daycare centers, illustrated by the case of Denmark. Our framework applies to problems of dynamic matching in which there is entry and exit of agents over time; for example, the school choice problem once student mobility is taken into account. We show that there does not exist any mechanism that is both stable and strategy-proof. We also show that the well-known Top Trading Cycles mechanism is neither Pareto efficient nor strategy-proof. Finally, a mechanism in which parents sequentially choose menus of schools is both strategy-proof and Pareto efficient.

JEL-codes: C73 D82 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
Note: DOI: 10.1257/mic.6.4.362
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