Dynamic Reserves in Matching Markets

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Orhan Aygun

Bogazici University

Bertan Turhan

Iowa State University

Date Written: October 30, 2018


We study a school choice problem under affirmative action policies where authorities reserve a certain fraction of the slots at each school for specific student groups, and where students have preferences not only over the schools they are matched to but also the type of slots they receive. Such reservation policies might cause waste in instances of low student demand from some student groups. To propose a solution to this issue, we construct a family of choice functions, dynamic reserves choice functions, for schools that respect within-group fairness and allow the transfer of otherwise vacant slots from low-demand groups to high-demand groups. We propose the cumulative offer mechanism (COM) as an allocation rule where each school uses a dynamic reserves choice function and show that it is stable with respect to schools’ choice functions, is strategy-proof, and respects improvements. Furthermore, we show that transferring more of the otherwise vacant slots leads to strategy-proof Pareto improvement under the COM.

Keywords: Affirmative Action, Dynamic Reserves, Market Design, Matching with Contracts, Strategy-Proofness, School Choice

JEL Classification: C78, D47, D63, D78

Suggested Citation

Aygun, Orhan and Turhan, Bertan, Dynamic Reserves in Matching Markets (October 30, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2743000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2743000

Orhan Aygun

Bogazici University ( email )

Bebek, Ä°stanbul 34342

Bertan Turhan (Contact Author)

Iowa State University ( email )

260 Heady Hall
Ames, IA 50011
United States

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