KECD 2175 – Seminar
Matching markets: theory and applications
Sciences Po, M2 Economics and Public Policy, PhD track
Spring 2013 (24h)
Please note: this is the webpage of a previous year. To go to the current year’s course webpage, please visit
The lecture slides will be distributed in class or emailed upon request. A syllabus is available here.
Lecture 1 (1/23/2013): Introduction.
Lecture 2 (1/30): The optimal assignment problem.
Lecture 3 (2/6): Stability and the core. Optimal transportation.
Lecture 4 (2/13): Optimal transportation (continued). Assortative mating.
Lecture 5 (2/20): Transportation on networks.
Lecture 6 (2/27): The theory of hedonic models (1).
No lecture 3/6 (holidays).
Lecture 7 (3/13): The theory of hedonic models (2).
Lecture 8 (3/20): The econometrics of hedonic models (1).
Lecture 9 (3/27): The econometrics of hedonic models (2)
Lecture 10 (4/10): The econometrics of matching models: handout.
Lecture 11 (4/16): Search and friction in matching: handout.
Lecture 12 (4/17): Final exam. Perspectives: handout.
Schedule: Wednesdays, 8am-10am, starting January 23, 2013.
Location: Room H S2, 28 rue des Saints-Pères.
Validation: A test will be organized during last class.
Description of the course
The course will focus on the economic theory and the econometrics of matching from a number of points of view. It is intended to give an overview of the basic theory of matching with transferable utility, its testable implications, as well as its application to various fields such as hedonic models, labor economics, family economics, and to a lesser extent some other topics such as geographical economics and industrial organization. A particular emphasis is put on the empirical aspects and identification issues, and numerical methods will also be discussed.
The institutional web page of the course is here.