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Academic Journal of Business & Management, 2021, 3(10); doi: 10.25236/AJBM.2021.031001.

Middle School Admission in China–A Special Case of Boston Mechanism


Zhong Long

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Zhong Long

Department of Economics, HKUST, Hong Kong, China


In this paper we study a widely-used mechanism in China to match finite number of primary school graduates to middle schools. The main question is what the equilibrium looks like when the number of schools are small. I solve the equilibrium by first eliminate weakly dominated strategies, then compute the incentive compatibility for each type of students. The equilibrium might or might not be unique, which depends on several variables such as the quota of each schools, the distribution of students’ preference and students’ valuation of each school available. 


Admission to China; Boston mechanism: equilibrium; Weak domination strategy; Incentive compatibility

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Zhong Long. Middle School Admission in China–A Special Case of Boston Mechanism. Academic Journal of Business & Management (2021) Vol. 3, Issue 10: 1-10. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJBM.2021.031001.


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