Interdistrict School Choice: A Theory of Student Assignment

62 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2019

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Isa Emin Hafalir

Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business

Fuhito Kojima

Harvard University - Department of Economics

M. Bumin Yenmez

Boston College

Date Written: December 29, 2018

Abstract

Interdistrict school choice programs-where a student can be assigned to a school outside of her district-are widespread in the US, yet the market-design literature has not considered such programs. We introduce a model of interdistrict school choice and present two mechanisms that produce stable or efficient assignments. We consider three categories of policy goals on assignments and identify when the mechanisms can achieve them. By introducing a novel framework of interdistrict school choice, we provide a new avenue of research in market design.

Keywords: interdistrict school choice, student assignment, stability, efficiency

JEL Classification: C78, D47, D71, D78

Suggested Citation

Hafalir, Isa Emin and Kojima, Fuhito and Yenmez, M. Bumin, Interdistrict School Choice: A Theory of Student Assignment (December 29, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3307731 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3307731

Isa Emin Hafalir

Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business ( email )

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

Fuhito Kojima

Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )

Littauer Center
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

M. Bumin Yenmez (Contact Author)

Boston College ( email )

140 Commonwealth Ave.
Maloney Hall 327
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
United States

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