Inefficient School Matching Mechanisms: The Case of The Czech Republic


27 May 2015, 11:00 – 12:00

Daniel Münich

We build simple but plausible behavioral model of high-school admission process and using quantitative computational simulations we identify stylized properties of Ability Based Decentralized Admission m mechanism (ABDA). We compare its matching outcomes to those generated by stylized admission mechanisms. We show that the ABDA mechanism stimulates strong strategic behavior of applicants, causes misrepresentation of revealed school preferences, generates biased information about relative excess demand, and leads to inefficient matching outcomes. Due to incomplete and imperfect information on the side of pupils, the mechanisms is also discriminating those with weak socio-economic parental background.

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