University places, donor kidneys, life partners. How do non-commercial markets work?

20 November 2018, 19:00
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Dorothea Kübler, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
As part of the series "Excursion – Insight into the world of science"

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Kübler | © David Ausserhofer

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Kübler | © David Ausserhofer

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About the event

Many goods are distributed without money coming into play. But how does this distribution work when supply and demand are not determined by the price but by way of weighing and balancing interests? Who gets to determine how university places or donor kidneys, for example, are allocated, and what are the characteristics of good and bad distribution mechanisms? And, for example, how can the allocation of appointments with public authorities be organized in a way to avoid the formation of a black market?

The economist Dorothea Kübler shows in her lecture which general principles such distribution mechanisms should conform with and explains which algorithms are used for this purpose. In her research, she uses experimental methods and game theory for examining decision-taking behaviour and market design. These are tools which allow her to show how well the established procedures fulfil the relevant requirements in Germany and other countries.

The German Research Foundation cordially invites you to this lecture.

Information overview

Date20 November 2018, 19:00
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, Friedrich-von-Gärtner-Saal, 1st floor
Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 58/ 68/ 153/ 154, station/ bus stop Universität
Bus lines 100/ 153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
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