Quantile Stable Mechanisms

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Peter Chen

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Michael Egesdal


Marek Pycia

University of Zurich

M. Bumin Yenmez

Boston College

Date Written: April 2015


We construct quantile stable mechanisms, show that they are distinct in sufficiently large markets, and analyze how they can be manipulated by market participants. As a step to showing that quantile stable mechanisms are well defined, we show that median and quantile stable matchings exist when contracts are strong substitutes and satisfy the law of aggregate demand. This last result is of independent interest as experiments show that agents who match in a decentralized way tend to coordinate on the median stable matching when it exists.

Keywords: matching with contracts, quantile stable mechanisms, preference ranking

JEL Classification: C71, C78

Suggested Citation

Chen, Peter and Egesdal, Michael and Pycia, Marek and Yenmez, M. Bumin, Quantile Stable Mechanisms (April 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2526505 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2526505

Peter Chen

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Marek Pycia (Contact Author)

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M. Bumin Yenmez

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