Matching auctions

Daniel Fershtman, Alessandro Pavan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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We study platform markets in which agents arrive gradually, experience changes to their preferences over time, and are frequently re-matched. We introduce simple auctions specifically designed for such markets. Upon joining, agents select a status that determines the weight assigned to their future bids. Each match is then assigned a score that depends on the agents' reciprocal bids and status. The matches maximizing the sum of the bilateral scores are implemented. Under certain conditions, such auctions maximize profits, welfare, or a combination of the two. We use the results to shed light on the distortions due to platforms' market power.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-62
Number of pages31
JournalRAND Journal of Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022


FundersFunder number
National Science FoundationSES 1530798
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftCRC TR 224
Università Bocconi


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