Top of the Batch: Interviews and the Match

24 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2020

See all articles by Federico Echenique

Federico Echenique

California Institute of Technology - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Ruy Gonzalez

California Institute of Technology

Alistair J. Wilson

University of Pittsburgh

Leeat Yariv

Princeton University

Date Written: December 1, 2020

Abstract

Most doctors in the NRMP match with one of their most-preferred internship programs. However, surveys indicate doctors' preferences are similar, suggesting a puzzle: how can so many doctors match with their top choices when positions are scarce? We provide one possible explanation. We show that the patterns in the NRMP data may be an artifact of the interview process that precedes the match. Our study highlights the importance of understanding market interactions occurring before and after a matching clearinghouse, and casts doubts on analyses of clearinghouses that take reported preferences at face value.

JEL Classification: C78, D47, J44

Suggested Citation

Echenique, Federico and Gonzalez, Ruy and Wilson, Alistair J. and Yariv, Leeat, Top of the Batch: Interviews and the Match (December 1, 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15559, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3753959

Federico Echenique (Contact Author)

California Institute of Technology - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences ( email )

313 Baxter Hall
Pasadena, CA 91125
United States

Ruy Gonzalez

California Institute of Technology ( email )

Pasadena, CA 91125
United States

Alistair J. Wilson

University of Pittsburgh ( email )

135 N Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

Leeat Yariv

Princeton University ( email )

Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

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