Matching in Closed-Form: Equilibrium, Identification, and Comparative Statics
30 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2014 Last revised: 12 Apr 2016
Date Written: October 7, 2015
This paper provides closed-form formulas for a multidimensional two-sided matching problem with transferable utility and heterogeneity in tastes. When the matching surplus is quadratic, the marginal distributions of the characteristics are normal, and when the heterogeneity in tastes is of the continuous logit type, as in Choo and Siow (2006), we show that the optimal matching distribution is also jointly normal and can be computed in closed form from the model primitives. Conversely, the quadratic surplus function can be identiﬁed from the optimal matching distribution, also in closed-form. The analytical formulas make it computationally easy to solve problems with even a very large number of matches and allow for quantitative predictions about the evolution of the solution as the technology and the characteristics of the matching populations change.
Keywords: matching, marriage, assignment
JEL Classification: C78, D61, C13
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