In many parts of life - jobs, housing, medical care, education, even a date on the Internet - price is not the only determinant of who gets what. So how do the other processes that influence who gets which goods, jobs, university places and partners really work?
In Who Gets What, Nobel Prize winning economist Alvin Roth uncovers the global rules of how markets allocate, how matchmaking shapes lives, where markets exist that we may not even realise, and how everything about our biggest experiences - from getting accepted at university or living where we want - can be better understood and negotiated when one understands the design of those matching markets.
The distribution of rewards is often unfair, but it's seldom as random as it seems, and Roth reveals just how much of our life takes place in marketplaces, and leads us to a new understanding of who gets what and why.
For fans of Freakonomics and Thinking Fast and Slow this groundbreaking book sheds new light on the politics of free markets, and how many things that we choose in life also must choose us.
"Al's research on matching is special and unique in the economics field because it not only informs us about the world, but it tells us what we can do to make it better. It is about designing the world, and if I had to pick someone to design our world or guide us through it, it would be Al." (Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational)
"In lots of domains Al and his colleagues have improved the way markets work, and made lots of people's lives better as a result." (Richard Thaler, co-author of Nudge)
"Al Roth is a brilliantly original thinker, but he has spent his entire career solving real, practical problems. He designs markets, but has thought harder than anyone about the ethics and emotions of the marketplace. What's more, he saves lives. Not in some abstract sense: he has saved the lives of real people, and you can shake their hands, look them in the eye, and hear them tell you how he did it. We need more economists like him." (Tim Harford, author of The Logic of Life and The Undercover Economist)
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By Mr. D. W. Kettle on 18-01-18
Fascinating topic (if you like that kind of thing)
Really enjoyed learning about matching markets, and market design from the master. Really worked as an audio book and I learnt a lot (and I have been teaching about markets for nearly 20 years!)
By Di on 19-08-15
If you are a Mathematician you will like this book
If you have a love for Maths, this book will please you, as this is about problem solving, the kind of problems that save lives and change livelihoods. I admire Alvin Roth for his work and contribution, perhaps thousands of people are deeply grateful for the saved lives and making it possible to exchange kidney transplants. This book will require your concentration, it is not an easy beach read. If you don't like Maths or Economics, then you might find it a bit boring.
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By Eitan on 13-06-17
A great book about market dedign
A great book about market dedign and why it's needed. Great content and reading. w w w w
By fernando antonio hadba on 31-01-17
Great book about a great idea: markets
Well written, well narrated.
Explains very well markets, their functions and failures. How a market designer can improve it