Matching, Auctions, and Market Design

43 Pages Posted: 12 May 2013 Last revised: 21 Dec 2013

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Matthew O. Jackson

Stanford University - Department of Economics; Santa Fe Institute

Date Written: December 2013


I provide a brief introduction to the early literatures on Matching, Auctions, and Market Design.

The design of matching markets and auctions has brought economic theory and practice together. Indeed, this is an area where microeconomic theory has had its largest direct impact. This is in part because it focuses on settings where people interact according to very clearly delineated rules. Thus, the strategic interactions of the participants are relatively easy to model, and outcomes are comparatively straightforward to assess relative to the many other less structured interactions that occur in an economy. In view of this, these are arenas where economic theory has directly shaped institutions ranging from the systems by which students are assigned to public schools to the manner in which governments have auctioned to the rights to parts of the broadcast spectra in particular geographic regions.

Keywords: Matching, Assignment, Auctions, Market Design

JEL Classification: D47, D44, C78, D61, D78, I10, I20

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Matthew O., Matching, Auctions, and Market Design (December 2013). Available at SSRN: or

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