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Two-Sided Matching with (almost) One-Sided Preferences

Guillaume Haeringer and Vincent Iehlé

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Abstract: In a two-sided matching context we show how we can predict stable matchings by considering only one side's preferences and the mutually acceptable pairs of agents. Our methodology consists of identifying impossible matches, i.e., pairs of agents that can never be matched together in a stable matching of any problem consistent with the partial data. We analyze data from the French academic job market for mathematicians and show that the match of about 45% of positions (and about 60% of candidates) does not depend on the preferences of the hired candidates, unobserved and submitted at the final stage of the market.

Keywords: Stable matchings; Hall's marriage theorem; French academic job market; Partial matching data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-08
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Published in American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2019, 11 (3), p.155-90. ⟨10.1257/mic.20170115⟩

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