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Dynamic Refugee Matching

Tommy Andersson, Lars Ehlers and Alessandro Martinello

No 2018:7, Working Papers from Lund University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Asylum seekers are often assigned to a locality in their host country directly upon arrival based on some type of uninformed dynamic matching system which does not take the background of the asylum seekers into consideration. This paper proposes an informed, intuitive, easy-to-implement and computationally efficient dynamic mechanism for matching asylum seekers to localities. This mechanism can be adopted in any dynamic refugee matching problem given locality-specific quotas and that asylum seekers can be classified into specific types. We demonstrate that any matching selected by the proposed mechanism is Pareto efficient and that envy between localities is bounded by a single asylum seeker. Via simulation, we evaluate the performance of the proposed mechanism in settings that resemble the US and the Swedish situations, and show that our mechanism outperforms uninformed mechanisms even in presence of severe misclassification error in the estimation of asylum seeker types.

Keywords: forced migration; market design; refugee matching; dynamics; envy; efficiency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C71 C78 D71 D78 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2018-03-27
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-des, nep-gth and nep-mig
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