Benefits of Matchmaking

In the modern society norms towards relationships have changed significantly. In the past, a relationship once formed was expected to last. Nowadays, getting out of a relationship is not restricted by norms.Our model shows how value and a role of matchmaking changed with the changes in society. Using examples of online dating sites, we show that by imposing high cost on participants a matchmaker can provide matches yielding higher expected payoff than the general market. This is true even when the matchmaker has no specific information about the individuals.

Elath Hall, 2nd floor, Feldman Building, Edmond J. Safra Campus
Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 16:15 to 18:15
Old Lecturers: 
Hanna Halaburda
Old Lecturers University: 
Harvard Business School