Journal Article

Screening in a Matching Market

Roman Inderst

in The Review of Economic Studies

Published on behalf of Review of Economic Studies Ltd

Volume 68, issue 4, pages 849-868
Published in print October 2001 | ISSN: 0034-6527
Published online October 2001 | e-ISSN: 1467-937X | DOI:
Screening in a Matching Market

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Contract design under incomplete information is often analysed in a bilaterally monopolistic setting. If the informed party's reservation value does not depend on its private information (its type), it is a standard result that the uninformed side offers “low” types distorted contracts to reduce the information rent left to “high” types.

We challenge this result by embedding contract design in a matching market environment. We consider a market where players meet pairwise and where, in each match, either side may be chosen to make a take-it-or-leave-it offer. As frictions become sufficiently low, we find that the set of equilibria is independent of whether there is complete or incomplete information. In particular, all contracts are free of distortions.

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Subjects: Economics

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