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Szilvia Pápai, PhD

Associate Professor, Economics

Szilvia Pápai, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5016
Website(s): Szilvia Pápai
Availability: On sabbatical leave in 2023-24


PhD: Caltech

Research interests

Matching Theory, Axiomatic Resource Allocation, Coalition Formation 

Fields of specialization

Game Theory, Social Choice, Market Design

Professional experience

    •    Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Finance, University of Notre Dame
    •    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
    •    Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Koc University


Recent Papers

"School Choice with Preference Rank Classes" with Nickesha Ayoade, Games and Economic Behavior, 2023, 137: 317-341.
"Serial Rules in a Multi-Unit Shapley-Scarf Market" with Péter Biró and Flip Klijn, Games and Economic Behavior, 2022, 136: 428-453.
"Preference Aggregation for Couples" with Rouzbeh Ghouchani, Social Choice and Welfare, 2022, 59: 889-923.
"Balanced Exchange in a Multi-Unit Shapley-Scarf Market" with Péter Biró and Flip Klijn
"Targeted Priority Reserve Policies" with Dilek Sayedahmed

Current Research Projects

"Matching with Consecutive Acceptance Intervals" with Asefeh Salarinezhad 
"Matching with Minimal Priority Rights"
"Fairness Comparisons of Strategyproof and Efficient Matching Rules" with Pooya Ghasvareh

Short Contribution

"On the Future of Economic Design — The Personal Ruminations of a Matching Theorist" in The Future of Economic Design, Springer 2019

Recent Research Talks

"Affirmative Action Policies in School Choice: Immediate versus Deferred Acceptance" University of Hawaii, February 2023
"School Choice with Preference Rank Classes" virtual seminar at ISI Delhi, December 2022
"Targeted Priority Reserve Policies" Condorcet Lecture, Social Choice and Welfare conference, Mexico City, June 2022
"Fairness Comparisons of Strategyproof and Efficient Matching Rules" International Conference on Social Choice and Voting Theory, online, June 2021
"School Choice with Preference Rank Classes" Online Social Choice and Welfare Seminar Series, January 2021
"School Choice with Preference Rank Classes" Conference on Mechanism and Institution Design (CMID20), online, June 2020
"Targeted Priority Reserve Policies" Florida State University, March 2020
"Fairness Comparisons of Strategyproof and Efficient Matching Rules" North Carolina State University, February 2020

Selected Publications

  • "School Choice withPreference Rank Classes," with Nickesha Ayoade, Games and Economic Behavior (2023) 137: 317-341.

  • "Exchange in a GeneralMarket with Indivisible Goods," Journal of Economic Theory (2007)132: 208-237

  • "Strategyproof Assignment byHierarchical Exchange," Econometrica (2000) 68: 1403-1433

Editorial Positions

Associate Editor:
Social Choice and Welfare
Journal of Mechanism and Institution Design


ECON 695: Economic Design
ECON 614: Game Theory
ECON 440/540: Market Design
ECON 464/564: Game Theory

Conference and Workshop Organization

  • CRM thematic workshop on Agents Behavior in Combinatorial Game Theory, November 2021 (online): co-organizer
  • Social Choice and Welfare conference, Mexico City, June 2022: program committee member
  • SAET conference, Sydney, July 2022: organizer of two sessions
  • SAET conference, Paris, July 2023: organizer of one session
  • Social Choice and Welfare conference, Paris, June 2024: program committee member

PhD Student Supervision

Pooya Ghasvareh (2019) - Bio Statistician/Researcher, Health Canada
Nickesha Ayoade  (2020) - Research Analyst, Professional Engineers Ontario
Dilek Sayedahmed (2021) - Senior Research Fellow, WISIR, University of Waterloo
Asefeh Salarinezhad (2021) - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Economics, University of Ottawa
Rouzbeh Ghouchani (2021, co-supervised with Dipjyoti Majumdar) - Lecturer in EconomicsUniversity of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
Muntasir Chaudhury (2023) - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Economics, East West University, Dhaka
Manuel Lepage Lévesque (co-supervised with Ming Li) - ongoing
Yuxing Liang (co-supervised with Xintong Han) - ongoing
Israa Hashem (co-supervised with Gabrielle Vasey) - ongoing
Md Shahidul Islam - ongoing

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