How to avoid black markets for appointments with online booking systems

Rustamdjan Hakimov, C. Philipp Heller, Dorothea Kübler, Morimitsu Kurino

研究成果: Review article査読

2 被引用数 (Scopus)

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Allocating appointment slots is presented as a new application for market design. Online booking systems are commonly used by public authorities to allocate appointments for visa interviews, driver's licenses, passport renewals, etc. We document that black markets for appointments have developed in many parts of the world. Scalpers book the appointments that are offered for free and sell the slots to appointment seekers. We model the existing first-come-first-served booking system and propose an alternative batch system. The batch system collects applications for slots over a certain time period and then randomly allocates slots to applicants. The theory predicts and lab experiments confirm that scalpers profitably book and sell slots under the current system with sufficiently high demand, but that they are not active in the proposed batch system. We discuss practical issues for the implementation of the batch system and its applicability to other markets with scalping.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)2127-2151
ページ数25
ジャーナルAmerican Economic Review
111
7
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2021 7月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 経済学、計量経済学

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