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Top of the Batch: Interviews and the Match

Echenique, Federico and González, Ruy and Wilson, Alistair and Yariv, Leeat (2020) Top of the Batch: Interviews and the Match. . (Unpublished)

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Most doctors in the NRMP are matched to one of their most-preferred internship programs. Since various surveys indicate similarities across doctors' preferences, this suggests a puzzle. How can nearly everyone get a position in a highly-desirable program when positions in each program are scarce? We provide one possible explanation for this puzzle. We show that the patterns observed in the NRMP data may be an artifact of the interview process that precedes the match. Our analysis highlights the importance of interactions occurring outside of a matching clearinghouse for resulting outcomes, and casts doubts on analysis of clearinghouses that take reported preferences at face value.

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Echenique, Federico0000-0002-1567-6770
Additional Information:Echenique gratefully acknowledges the support of NSF SES-1558757 and CNS-1518941. Yariv gratefully acknowledges the support of NSF grant SES-1629613.
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Subject Keywords:NRMP, Deferred acceptance, Interviews, First-rank matches
Classification Code:JEL: C78, D47, J44
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20210304-084112774
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ID Code:108305
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:04 Mar 2021 21:38
Last Modified:04 Mar 2021 21:38

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