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Economics (ECON)

ECON 479W Economics of Matching (3) Economic application of matching to employment, marriage, organ markets, and medical residents.

ECON 479W Economics of Matching (3)

There are many resource allocations that are not unilateral decisions but instead require approval from two sides of the market. Examples include employment and marriage. This course provides the theoretical constructs for the analysis of matching in market environments. Two applications of current interest - human organ allocations and medical resident employment - are given special attention.

Following a review of game theory, the course develops the theory of matching. This is followed by economic applications, in the areas of employment, marriage, human organs, and medical residents.

This course is an applied economics course with relevance to the areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and labor economics. The course objectives is for students to learn the analytical methods for understanding the economics of matching. Students will develop skills in applying matching models and analysis to practical situations.

The course is one of a series of 400-level writing-intensive seminars in each of seven broad fields in economics; this is a course with relevance to microeconomics, macroeconomics, and labor economics. The course will count toward both the major and minor in economics.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: ECON 402 orECON 412 orECON 444

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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