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Redistributive Allocation Mechanisms with Scott Duke Kominers | a16z crypto research talks

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How marketplace designers can think about the tradeoffs between efficiency and equity. Many scarce public resources are allocated at below-market-clearing prices, and sometimes for free. These “”non-market”” mechanisms sacrifice some surplus, yet they can potentially improve equity. In this talk, Scott Kominers (a16z crypto research, Harvard Business School) presents a model of mechanism design with redistributive concerns with many applications.

About the speaker
Scott is the MBA Class of 1960 Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School, a Faculty Affiliate of the Harvard Department of Economics, and a Research Partner at a16z crypto. He’s one of the best market design scholars in the world, and advises companies on real-world marketplace and incentive design, such as building reputation-based systems. He holds a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard. More:

About a16z crypto research
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