A field study on matching with network externalities

Mariagiovanna Baccara, Ayşe Imrohoroǧlu, Alistair J. Wilson, Leeat Yariv

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Abstract

We study the effects of network externalities within a protocol for matching faculty to offices in a new building. Using web and survey data on faculty's attributes and choices, we identify the different layers of the social network: institutional affiliation, coauthorships, and friendships. We quantify the effects of network externalities on choices and outcomes, disentangle the layers of the networks, and quantify their relative influence. Finally, we assess the protocol used from a welfare perspective. Our study suggests the importance and feasibility of accounting for network externalities in assignment problems and evaluates techniques that can be employed to this end.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1773-1804
Number of pages32
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Volume102
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics

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