The course is about design of markets, not only in the sense of auctions and matching markets, but also in the broader sense of designing allocation rules in general. We aim to understand why some markets need to be designed, what important design elements are, and how to assess market performance in terms of efficiency, stability and fairness of the market outcome. This is particularly relevant for the modern digital economy where market design is often hard programed into smart contracts and market participants may be computational agents.
MSc Programme in Agricultural Economics
MSc Programme in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
The students will learn how markets work and how they can be
fixed if they do not perform well. This requires knowledge of all
the specific elements of market design, and how they influence user
behavior, and in the end, market outcome.
Students are expected to know the basic concepts, models and results from the theoretical and the applied literature on
- Market design; auction design, matching models.
- General economic design; allocation rules, mechanism design.
Students should be able to understand and analyze
- market situations and the effect of various design elements on the market outcome. This includes being able to model users’ strategic behavior and understand the role of information in market design.
- examples of market design in practice and to assess the
performance of these markets in terms of efficiency, stability and
fairness of the market outcome.
Students will be able to:
● Understand the functions of a market
● Understand why markets sometimes need to be designed
● Understand which elements are important in market design
● Model strategic behavior of market participants
● Understand the role of information in market design
● Formulate and analyze allocation rules
Regular lectures and supervision of written essay
Examples of main texts are:
Guillaume Haeringer, Market Design: auctions and matching, MIT
Jens Leth Hougaard, Allocation in networks, MIT Press, 2018.
The precise litteraure will be announced on Absalon.
Competences in microeconomics and in game theory. These can be acquired by following e.g. LOJB10259U Mikroøkonomi and NIFB14002U Anvendt spilteori
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
- Type of assessment details
- The written essay will form the basis of the oral examination. No preparation time.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Two internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment
The grade will reflect the student's performance during the oral examination.
The participants will get the grade "12" if they have fully achieved the intended learning outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Project work
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 2
- No limit.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period.
- Study Board of Natural Resources, Environment and Animal Science
- Department of Food and Resource Economics
- Faculty of Science
- Jens Leth Hougaard (3-7a7c78507976827f3e7b853e747b)
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