Spring 2022 - ECON 434 D100

Seminar in Applied Market Design (3)

Class Number: 6552

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 2533, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 26, 2022
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3510, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 333 (or BUEC 333) and ECON 302, all with a minimum grade of C-.



Introduces students to market design. There is a strong emphasis on applications and empirical perspectives of market design. The objective of the course is to give students an understanding of the core concepts of market design and to illustrate how econometrics can be used to combine data with micro theory. Students with credit for ECON 483 under the title Applied Market Design may not take this course for further credit.


Market design is an area of studying the rules that guide transactions and resource allocations in the marketplace. Applications include matching markets (marriage market, school assignment, kidney exchange), auction markets, and so on. This course will focus on the empirical perspective of market design and illustrate how econometrics can be used to combine data with micro theory.

There will be assigned readings each week. Each week, two or three students will present the assigned reading and lead a discussion. The final exam will cover the theory and the empirical analysis in the seminar.

Topics: Introduction to Market Design, One-to-One Matching (e.g., Marriage Market), Many-to-One Matching (e.g., School Assignment), House Allocation and Kidney Exchange, Labor Markets, Internet Markets.



  • Class Participation 20%
  • Presentation 50%
  • Final Exam 30%



None. A set of papers will be posted on Canvas.


Roth, Alvin E. Who Gets What—and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

Nir Vulkan, Alvin E. Roth, and Zvika Neeman. The Handbook of Market Design, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Final exam schedules will be released during the second month of classes. If your course has a final exam, please ensure that you are available during the entire final exam period until you receive confirmation of your exam dates. 

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) at 778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca.


Registrar Notes:


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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.