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Assistant Professor Gaoji Hu’s Paper Accepted by Theoretical Economics


Assistant Professor Gaoji Hu recently has his paper accepted for publication by Theoretical Economics, a top field journal and a first-tier journal as listed by SUFE. The paper entitled “Learning by matching” was co-authored with Professor Yi-Chun Chen at the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Gaoji Hu has joined the SOE in 2019 as a tenure-track faculty member with a Ph.D. in Economics from National University of Singapore (NUS). His research interests are mechanism design, matching/market design and revealed preference analysis.


Learning by matching
Yi-Chun Chen and Gaoji Hu

Abstract: This paper studies a stability notion and matching processes in the job market with incomplete information on the workers' side. Each worker is associated with a type, and each firm cares about the type of her employee under a match. Moreover, firms' information structure is described by partitions over possible worker type profiles. With this firm-specific information, we propose a stability notion which, in addition to requiring individual rationality and no blocking pairs, captures the idea that the absence of rematching conveys no further information. When an allocation is not stable under the status quo information structure, a new pair of an allocation and an information structure will be derived. We show that starting from an arbitrary allocation and an arbitrary information structure, the process of allowing randomly chosen blocking pairs to rematch, accompanied by information updating, will converge with probability one to an allocation that is stable under the updated information structure. Our results are robust with respect to various alternative learning patterns.