Who Gets What--and Why

Who Gets What--and Why

The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design

Book - 2015
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"A Nobel laureate reveals the often surprising rules that govern a vast array of activities -- both mundane and life-changing -- in which money may play little or no role. If you've ever sought a job or hired someone, applied to college or guided your child into a good kindergarten, asked someone out on a date or been asked out, you've participated in a kind of market. Most of the study of economics deals with commodity markets, where the price of a good connects sellers and buyers. But what about other kinds of "goods," like a spot in the Yale freshman class or a position at Google? This is the territory of matching markets, where "sellers" and "buyers" must choose each other, and price isn't the only factor determining who gets what. Alvin E. Roth is one of the world's leading experts on matching markets. He has even designed several of them, including the exchange that places medical students in residencies and the system that increases the number of kidney transplants by better matching donors to patients. In Who Gets What -- And Why, Roth reveals the matching markets hidden around us and shows how to recognize a good match and make smarter, more confident decisions"--
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
ISBN: 9780544291133
Branch Call Number: 330 ROTH
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 02, 2016

Loved this book. It does reveal some interesting and true phenomena in life. It is a book can inspire one to think.

Apr 30, 2015

I wish Roth could tell us who owns everything in America, or at least the top banks and corporations, but because he was a recipient of the Swedish Central Bank Prize in Economics, he unfortunately cannot. Wonder what he can tell us of any importance . . .


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Apr 08, 2016

This is not a technology book, it is economics or business. But .. it explains why Uber’s use of technology has a transformative effect on the market for transportation services. And explains how other “unicorn” companies became valuable due to technology advances. The book can be read quickly, but .. you will want to spend more time with it.


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