Fei Song

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September 2018Deduction Dilemmas: The Taiwan Assignment Mechanism
with Umut M. Dur, Parag A. Pathak, Tayfun Sönmez: w25024
This paper analyzes the properties of the Taiwan mechanism, used for high school placement nationwide starting in 2014. In the Taiwan mechanism, points are deducted from an applicant's score with larger penalties for lower ranked choices. Deduction makes the mechanism a new hybrid between the well-known Boston and deferred acceptance mechanisms. Our analysis sheds light on why Taiwan's new mechanism has led to massive nationwide demonstrations and why it nonetheless still remains in use.

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