Mechanism Design

for Social Good

Reading Group

Reading List

Organizers: Kira Goldner and Rediet Abebe

We will keep this website updated with our reading list and notes. Please feel free to follow along, and/or to contact the organizers with any thoughts or questions on the reading group. Unfortunately, however, we cannot accommodate additional members.

Section Date Topic References Speaker Notes
Housing (Dan) 9/26 Eviction, Causal Effects of Place, and Low-Income Housing Assistance in the U.S.
  1. Housing Affordability and Eviction
  2. A nice 538 Article on the MARS study
  3. Interim results from the MTO (Moving to Opportunity) experiment
  4. Long-run effects on the kids
  5. Policies in the U.S.
  6. Another nice 538 Article
Housing (Dan) 10/10 Centralized Solutions to Public Housing Allocation
  1. Low Income Housing Policy (Sections I-III)
  2. Dynamic Matching in Overloaded Waiting Lists
Dan, Irene PDF
Housing (Dan) 10/27 Regulation
  1. Externalities and property rights
  2. Building restrictions
  3. Construction and affordable housing
Healthcare (Matt) 11/17 Insurance Company Incentives
  1. Data-driven incentive alignment in capitation schemes
  2. Strategic Classification
Matt PDF
Healthcare (Matt) 11/30 Health Insurance Policy and Market Design Issues Mark Shepard PDF
Healthcare (Matt) 12/15 Overview on the Global Burden of Disease Study
  1. Global Burden of Disease
Abraham Flaxman PDF
*Special Talk* (Rediet) 1/11 Matching Markets and Refugee Resettlement
  1. Refugee Resettlement (Sections 1, 2, 8, 9, 10)
  2. Market Design blog
Alex Teytelboym
Economic Inequality (Rediet) 1/18 Is there anything money can't buy? Opportunities in the 21st century.
  1. Absolute Income Mobility
  2. The Fading American Dream Project
  3. Optional: Recent Developments in Intergenerational Mobility
  4. Optional: Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the U.S.
David Grusky PDF
Economic Inequality (Rediet) 2/1 Optimal Redistributive Taxation
  1. Empirical Research on Economic Inequality (Chapters 1, 2, 10)
Maximilian Kasy PDF
Economic Inequality (Rediet) 2/22 Health Inequality
  1. The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014
  2. The Health Inequality Project
Michael Stepner PDF
Economic Inequality (Rediet)4/12 Labor Market Imperfections, Unions, and Economic Inequality Suresh Naidu
Online Labor Markets (Kira) 3/1 Some issues in designing online labor markets
  1. Price Floors and Employer Preferences
  2. Buyer Uncertainty about Seller Capacity
John J. Horton PDF
Online Labor Markets (Kira) 3/22 Market Power Asymmetry and Possible Mediation
  1. Accounting for Market Frictions and Power Asymmetries in Online Labor Markets
  2. Can Reputation Discipline the Gig Economy?
Kira, Sid Suri PDF
Online Labor Markets (Kira) 3/29 Mechanism Design in Online Platforms
  1. Facilitating the search for partners on matching platforms: Restricting agent actions
  2. Communication Requirements and Informative Signaling in Matching Markets
  3. Matching while learning
Yash Kanoria PDF
Education (Irene) 5/3 Mechanism Design and Allocation Systems Course Allocation at Wharton
  1. The Combinatorial Assignment Problem: Approximate Competitive Equilibrium from Equal Incomes
  2. Bringing Real Market Participantsí Real Preferences into the Lab: An Experiment that Changed the Course Allocation Mechanism at Wharton
  3. Course Match: A Large-Scale Implementation of Approximate Competitive Equilibrium from Equal Incomes for Combinatorial Allocation
School Choice in Boston
  1. Optimal Allocation Without Money: An Engineering Approach
  2. Assortment Planning in School Choice
  3. Guiding School-Choice Reform through Novel Applications of Operations Research
Education (Irene) 5/10 Financing and School Vouchers
  1. The Effects of School Spending on Educational and Economic Outcomes: Evidence from School Finance Reforms
  2. School Vouchers: A Survey of the Economics Literature
Education (Irene) 5/24 Information Problems in Education
  1. Leveraging Technology to Engage Parents at Scale: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial (and NPR interview)
  2. Improving School Choice Through Informed Residential Choice: Preliminary Evidence from a Large-Scale, Randomized Trial (preliminary) -- site from the RCT
Eric Chan
Diversity and Bias (Manish) TBD
Transportation (Sam) TBD
Climate Change (Alon) TBD
Civic Participation TBD