Unraveling Yields Inefficient Matchings: Evidence from Post-Season College Football Bowls
27 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2006 Last revised: 27 Oct 2008
Date Written: March 1, 2006
Many markets have "unraveled" and experienced inefficient, early, dispersed transactions, and subsequently developed institutions to delay transaction timing. It has previously proved difficult, however, to measure and identify the resulting efficiency gains. Prior to 1992, college football teams were matched for post-season play up to several weeks before the end of the regular season. Since 1992, the market has reorganized to postpone this matching. We show that the matching of teams affects efficiency as measured by the resulting television viewership, and that the reorganization promoted more efficient matching, chiefly as a result of the increased ability of later matching to produce "championship" games.
Keywords: Two-Sided Matching, Unraveling, Assortative Matching, Efficiency, College Football
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