NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Deferred Acceptance Algorithms: History, Theory, Practice, and Open Questions

Alvin E. Roth

NBER Working Paper No. 13225
Issued in July 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

Prepared for Gale's Feast: a Day in honor of the 85th birthday of David Gale, July 2007, Stony Brook. It is my very good fortune to have been able to incorporate insights from Gale and Shapley (1962) in so much of my own work. In this I have been exceptionally lucky in my colleagues and coauthors. For help specifically in preparing this paper I particularly thank my old friend and collaborator Elliott Peranson for new details on the history of the medical residency match. This paper has also benefited from Fuhito Kojima's careful reading and wide acquaintance with the literature. I also received helpful comments and references from Onur Kesten, David Manlove, and Marilda Sotomayor, and I thank David Gale, Elliott Peranson and Marilda Sotomayor for permission to publish the correspondence in the Appendix. Some of this work was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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