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A Field Study on Matching with Network Externalities

Baccara, Mariagiovanna and İmrohoroğlu, Ayşe and Wilson, Alistair J. and Yariv, Leeat (2012) A Field Study on Matching with Network Externalities. American Economic Review, 102 (5). pp. 1773-1804. ISSN 0002-8282. doi:10.1257/aer.102.5.1773.

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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.

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Additional Information:© 2012 American Economic Association. Atila Abdulkadiroğlu, Dan Ackerberg, Estelle Cantillon, Allan Collard-Wexler, Jeremy Fox, Guillaume Fréchette, Maggie McConnell, Ariel Pakes, Debraj Ray, and Matt Shum provided helpful conversations and feedback. We thank three anonymous referees for many useful comments and suggestions. Financial support from the National Science Foundation (SES 0963583) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.
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Issue or Number:5
Classification Code:JEL: C78, C93, D62, D85, Z13
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Official Citation:Baccara, Mariagiovanna, Ayşe İmrohoroğlu, Alistair J. Wilson, and Leeat Yariv. 2012. "A Field Study on Matching with Network Externalities." American Economic Review, 102(5): 1773-1804
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Deposited On:08 Nov 2012 22:16
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