“Matching in Practice” was created in September 2010 by Peter Biro (HAS), Estelle Cantillon (ULB) and Dorothea Kübler (WZB) to bring together the growing community of researchers in Europe working on the various aspects of assignment and matching in education and related labour markets, with a view to actively foster the interactions between the different strands of approaches used by these researchers (theory, experiments, analysis of field data, policy/market design) and aggregate expertise about the actual functioning of these markets in Europe.
To this end, the network includes researchers from computer science, economics (economics of education, market design, microeconomic theory, social choice, …) and sociology. Its main activities include the organization of two informal workshops per year, where members can receive feedback on work-in-progress and discuss other relevant developments in methods, data or in the policy arena, and the coordination of a data-collection effort to describe matching practices in Europe. In order to achieve the goals of community building and cross-field fertilization, frequent participation to the activities of the network is encouraged from members.
If you are interested in joining the network, contact us. Membership involves a commitment to contribute to the goals of the network, including regular conference attendance and a contribution to the project of mapping matching practices in Europe. This website is still largely under construction, comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @mip_eu