Decentralized Matching with Aligned Preferences

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Muriel Niederle

Stanford University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Leeat Yariv

Princeton University

Date Written: April 2009


We study a simple model of a decentralized market game in which firms make directed offers to workers. We focus on markets in which agents have aligned preferences. When agents have complete information or when there are no frictions in the economy, there exists an equilibrium that yields the stable match. In the presence of market frictions and preference uncertainty, harsher assumptions on the richness of the economy have to be made in order for decentralized markets to generate stable outcomes in equilibrium.

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Niederle, Muriel and Yariv, Leeat, Decentralized Matching with Aligned Preferences (April 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w14840. Available at SSRN:

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Leeat Yariv

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