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Alvin Elliot Roth is an American economist.


He was in high school Martin Van Buren in Queens, but threw it in the age of fifteen.


Alvin Roth is currently a visiting professor at Stanford University as well as George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration (on leave) at Harvard Business School.

Roth has worked in the fields of game theory, market design, and experimental economics. In particular, he helped redesign mechanisms for selecting medical residents, New York City high schools and Boston primary schools.


  • Roth has made significant contributions to the fields of game theory, market design and experimental economics, and is known for his emphasis on applying his economic theory to solutions for "real-world" problems. 1986 -1995 Ohlin taught at the Haifa Technion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University.

    Roth is also a founder of the New England Program for Kidney Exchange along with Tayfun Sonmez and Utku Unver,a registry and matching program that pairs compatible kidney donors and recipients.


  • Article, 1985 Journal of Economic Theory

    • The College Admissions Problem is not Equivalent to the Marriage Problem

  • article, 1991 American Economic Review

    • A Natural Experiment in the Organization of Entry-Level Labor Markets: Regional Markets for New Physicians and Surgeons in the United Kingdom

  • article, 1998 American Economic Review

    • Predicting How People Play Games: Reinforcement Learning in Experimental Games with Unique, Mixed Strategy Equilibria

  • article, 1998 Econometrica

    • Learning in High Stakes Ultimatum Games: An Experiment in the Slovak Republic

  • article, 1999 American Economic Review

    • The Redesign of the Matching Market for American Physicians: Some Engineering Aspects of Economic Design

  • article, 2002 American Economic Review

    • Last-minute bidding and the rules for ending second-price auctions: Evidence from eBay and Amazon auctions on the internet

  • article, 2004 American Economic Review

    • Kidney exchange

  • book,1979

    • Axiomatic Models of Bargaining, Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems

  • book, 1990

    • Two-Sided Matching: A Study in Game-Theoretic Modeling and Analysis.

  • book, 1995

    • Handbook of Experimental Economics.

  • book, 2001

    • Game Theory in the Tradition of Bob Wilson.