15th workshop Matching in Practice

Mark your calendar: Our 15th MiP workshop will take place in Mannheim on October 12-13, 2018. Our keynote speaker will be Nikhil Agarwal (MIT). The topic for the policy roundtable is “Kindergarten matching practices in Europe”.

Scientific committee: Juan Pereyra (Universidad de la República), Alex Westkamp (University of Cologne) and Thilo Klein (ZEW Mannheim)

Call for papers: Interested participants should submit their papers to the scientific committee (Juan Pereyra, Alex Westkamp, Thilo Klein) at matching2018@zew.de before August 31, 2018. The program will be announced shortly afterwards.

Registration: Coming soon.

Premises: All talks will take place in room Brüssel of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), L7, 1 in D-68161 Mannheim, Germany. Details of how to reach us can be found at http://www.zew.de/en/anfahrt/

For detailed information about the workshop and the latest agenda, please use the following link: http://www.zew.eu/VA2481

14th workshop Matching in Practice



Program, Matching in Practice Workshop, Cologne


March 16th & 17th, 2018

All talks, lunches and coffee breaks take place in the seminar building of the University of Cologne.  The address is Universitätsstr. 37, 50931 Köln. A campus map can be found here.

Financial support by the University of Cologne and the Reinhard-Selten Institute is greatly appreciated.

Friday, March 16th

12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00 – 3:00pm: Session 1

  • Preference Estimation in Centralized College Admissions from Reported Lists, Hayri Alper Arslany
  • Hayri Alper Arslany’s presentation
  • Tracking and specialization of high schools: heterogeneous effects of school choice, Olivier De Groote and Koen Declercq
  • Course Assignment with Complementarities: The Trade-Off between Envy-Freeness and Obvious Strategy-proofness, Martin Bichler, Sören Merting, and Aykut Uzunoglu
  • Sören Merting’s presentation

3:00 – 3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:50pm: Session 2

  • School Choice with asymmetric information: Priority design and the acceptance curse, Andrew Kloosterman and Peter Troyan
  • Need vs. Merit: The Large Core of College Admissions Markets, Avinatan Hassidim, Assaf Romm, and Ran I. Shorrer

4:50 – 5:00pm Coffee Break

5:00 – 6:00pm: Policy Roundtable ; Voluntary Participation in centralized matching schemes

  • with Patricia Thomanek and Caren Bergs (Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung), Thilo Klein (ZEW Mannheim), Dorothea Kübler (Berlin Social Science Center – WZB).
  • Thilo Klein’s presentation

7:15pm Dinner at Haus Scholzen (Venloer Str. 236, 50823 Köln, http://www.haus-scholzen.de/)


Saturday, March 17th

09:00 – 10:20am: Session 3

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee Break

10:40 – 12:00: Session 4

  • Fairness and efficiency for probabilistic allocations with endowments, Federico Echenique, Antonio Miralles, and Jun Zhang
  • Top Trading Cycles, Consistency, and Acyclic Priorities for House Allocation with Existing Tenants, Mehmet Karakaya, Bettina Klaus, and Jan Christoph Schlegel

12:00 – 12:15 Coffee Break

12:15 – 1:15pm Keynote Lecture: Fair matching under constraints, Fuhito Kojima (joint work with Yuichiro Kamada)

1:15 – 2:15pm Lunch



Accommodation: Rooms have been reserved at the Park Inn (and not the Novotel as indicated in the email). The rate is 80 Euro per night (including breakfast) for a single room. Those who need accommodation (and do not give a talk at the workshop) should reserve their rooms before February 15th, 2018 by writing an email to reservierung2.koeln@proventhotels.com  and mention the code “matching in practice”. Rooms can be reserved at that rate for any subset of the nights between March 15th and March 18th.

Scientific committee: Peter Biro (Hungarian Academy of Science), Juan Pereyra ( Universidad de la República) and Alex Westkamp (University of Cologne)

Acknowledgement: Funding from the Reinhard Selten Institute gratefully ackowledged.



11th workshop Matching in Practice (joint with Advances in Market Design)

Our next Matching in Practice workshop will take place in Paris at the Paris School of Economics on June 2 and 3. The first day will be a regular MiP workshop with Nicole Immorlica from Microsoft Research as keynote speaker and a policy round table on the allocation of social housing. The second day will be dedicated to Advances in Market Design. Participants are welcomed to register before May 20 at http://pseumrsg.wix.com/matching.




09:00 – 10:00: Nicole Immorlica (Microsoft Research New England): Efficiency guarantees in Market Design

Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:30: Contributed Sessions

Bary Pradelski (ETH Zurich) : Evolutionary dynamics and equitable core selection in assignment games

Britta Boyer (U Paderborn) : Matching Strategies of Heterogeneous Agents in a University Clearinghouse

Andre Veski (TU Tallinn) : Efficiency and fair access in kindergarten allocation policy design


13:40 – 15 :00: Contributed Sessions

Inacio Bo (WZB Berlin) : Iterative Deferred Acceptance Mechanisms: Theory and

Experimental Evidence

Vincent Iehlé (U Paris Dauphine) : A centralized matching market with early matches

Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:30: Focus session on the assignment of social housing

David Cantala (Colegio de Mexico): Matching through institutions

Neil Thakral (Harvard): Matching with stochastic arrival: Theory and application to public housing

Jacob Leshno (Columbia): Dynamic matching in overloaded waiting lists

17:30 – 19:00: Round Table on the assignment of social housing in France and Europe

Jean-François Arènes (APUR, Paris), Nathalie Demeslay (Rennes métropole — TBC), Laurent Ghékière (Union Sociale de l’Habitat, Bruxelles), Cyrille Van Styvendael (Est-Metropole- Habitat, Villeurbanne)



09:00 – 10:00: Itai Ashlagi (Stanford): What Matters in School Choice Tie-breaking? How Competition Guides Design

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30: Yinghua He (Toulouse): Information Acquisition and Provision in School Choice

10:30 – 11:30: Irene Lo (Columbia): A Continuum Model for the Top-trading Cycles Mechanism


14:00 – 15:00: Yusuke Narita (MIT): “Match or Mismatch: Learning and Inertia in School Choice

15:00 – 16:00: Adam Kapor (Columbia):  “Heterogeneous Beliefs and School Choice

Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30: Nick Arnosti (Stanford):  “Centralized Clearinghouse Design: A Quantity-Quality Tradeoff