"Fair marriages": An impossibility

B.E. Klaus*

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For marriage markets [Gale, D. and Shapley, L.S., 1962, College admissions and the stability of marriage, American Mathematical Monthly 69, 9–15.] so-called fair matchings do not always exist. We show that restoring fairness by using monetary transfers is not always possible: there are marriage markets where no amount of money can guarantee the existence of a fair allocation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-75
Number of pages2
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


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