Carnegie Mellon University

Onur Kesten

Onur Kesten

Adjunct Professor of Economics

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  • TEP - Tepper Building - Room 5125
  • 412-268-9823
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • University of Rochester - Ph D - 2005
  • University of Rochester - MA - 2003
  • Bilkent University - BS - 2000


  • Strategy-proof improvements upon deferred acceptance: A maximal domain for possibility

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, Morimitsu Kurino)
    Games and Economic Behavior, forthcoming

  • College and High School Admissions Reforms in China: An Experimental Analysis

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, Yan Chen)
    Games and Economic Behavior, forthcoming

  • Sequential versus Simultaneous Assignment Systems and Two Applications

    Economic Theory, forthcoming

  • Matching in the large: An experimental study

    (author(s): Y. Chen, M. Jiang, Onur Kesten, S. Robin, M. Zhu)
    Games and Economic Behavior, 110, July 2018; 295-31

  • Equitable top trading cycles mechanisms: Theory and experiments

    (author(s): Rustamdjan Hakimov, Onur Kesten)
    International Economic Review, 59(4), 2018, 2219-2258

  • On Characterizations of the Probabilistic Serial Mechanism Involving Incentive and Invariance Properties

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, Morimitsu Kurino, Utku Unver)
    Mathematical Social Sciences, 90, 2017; 56-62

  • Efficient Lottery Design

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, Morimitsu Kurino, Alex Nesterov)
    Social Choice and Welfare 48(1), 2017; 31-57

  • College and High School Admissions Reforms in China: A Theoretical Analysis

    (author(s): Yan Chen, Onur Kesten)
    Journal of Political Economy 125(1), 2017; 99-139

  • An Equilibrium Analysis of the Probabilistic Serial Mechanism

    (author(s): O. Ekici, Onur Kesten)
    International Journal of Game Theory 45(3), 2016; 655-674

  • The Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange Improves Its Matching Process

    (author(s): Vince Slaugh, Mustafa Akan, Onur Kesten, Utku Unver)
    Interfaces 46(2), 2016

  • A Theory of School-choice Lotteries

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, Utku Unver)
    Theoretical Economics 10(2), 2015; 543-595

  • From Boston to Shanghai to Gale-Shapley: A study on a family of school choice mechanisms (short version)

    (author(s): Y. Chen, Onur Kesten)
    Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering series

  • Two Axiomatic Approaches to the Probabilistic Serial Mechanism

    (author(s): Tadashi Hashimato, Daisuke Hirata, Onur Kesten, Morimitsu Kurino, Utku Unver)
    Theoretical Economics 9, 2014; 253-277

  • Matching Markets with Mixed Ownership: The Case for A Real-life Assignment Mechanism

    (author(s): P. Guillen, Onur Kesten)
    International Economic Review 53, 2012; 1027-1046

  • On two kinds of manipulation for school choice problems

    Economic Theory 51, 2012; 677-693

  • The Pareto dominant strategy-proof and equitable rule for problems with indivisible goods

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, A. Yazici)
    Economic Theory 50, 2012; 463-488

  • Lottery mechanism design for school choice

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, U. Unver)
    Proceedings of the Behavioral and Quantitative Game Theory: Conference on Future Directions, 2010

  • School choice with consent

    Quarterly Journal of Economics 125(3), 2010; 1297-1348

  • Attracting Whom? - Managing User-Generated-Content Communities for Monetization

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, L. Ma, T. Mukhopadhyay)
    Proceedings of International Conference in Information Systems, 2009

  • Coalitional strategy-proofness and resource monotonicity for house allocation problems

    International Journal of Game Theory 38, 2009; 17-21

  • Why do popular mechanisms lack efficiency in random environments?

    Journal of Economic Theory 144, 2009; 2209-2226

  • More on the uniform rule: Characterizations without Pareto optimality

    Mathematical Social Sciences 51, 2006; 192-200

  • On two competing mechanisms for priority based allocation problems

    Journal of Economic Theory 127, 2006; 155-171

Working Papers

  • Parallel versus Sequential School Admissions: A Tale of Two Countries

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, Umut Dur, Sinan Ertemel, Ola Andersson, Tommy Andersson)

  • Sequential School Choice: Theory and Evidence from the Field and Lab

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, Umut Dur, Robert Hammond, Thayer Morrill)

  • Improving Child Welfare Outcomes via Market Design
    More Fair By Design: Economic Design Responses To Inequality

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, Mustafa Akan)
    Oxford University Press

  • A new solution to probabilistic stability: The compromise mechanism
  • Child adoption: A theory of dynamic matching

    (author(s): Mustafa Akan, Onur Kesten, V. Slaugh, U. Unver)

  • College admissions in China under incomplete information

    (author(s): Y. Chen, M. Jiang, Onur Kesten)

  • Drawbacks of Multi-step assignment: The case of the appeal process in NYC High School Match

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, U. Dur)

  • Empirical and Experimental evaluation of the Chinese College admissions Reforms

    (author(s): Y. Chen, M. Jiang, Onur Kesten)

  • Improving the efficiency of the NBA draft lottery

    (author(s): O. Ekici, Onur Kesten)

  • Redesigning the MBA consortium

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, G. Pala)

  • School choice from a cost perspective

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, S. Ozyurt)

  • The Reassignment Problem

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, M. Kurino)

  • Curse of Stability: Improving the Appeals Round in the NYC High School Match

    (author(s): Onur Kesten, Umut Dur)

  • Increasing diversity in the Erasmus Exchange program

    (author(s): Umut Dur, Onur Kesten, Utku Unver)

Awards and Honors

  • Tepper - Lave-Weil Prize (2013)
  • Carnegie Mellon University - BP Junior Faculty Chair Award (2008)
  • Carnegie Mellon University - Excellence in the Classroom, Richard Cyert Teaching Award (2008)
  • Carnegie Mellon University - Faculty Giving Chair Award (2006)

University Service

  • Lave-Weil Prize Review, Committee Member (2016 - 2016)
  • Undergraduate Admissions Review Committee, Committee Member (2015 - 2015)
  • Junior Faculty Recruiting Committee, Committee Chair (2013 - 2014)
  • Undergraduate Business Curriculum Review, Committee Member (2013 - 2014)
  • Economics Recruiting, Committee Chair (2013 - 2014)
  • Undergraduate BA Curriculum Review Committee, Committee Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Undergraduate Econ Curriculum Review Committee, Committee Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Junior Faculty Recruiting Committee, Committee Member, Co-Chair (2009 - 2010)
  • Economics Seminar Series, Workshop Organizer (2009 - 2010)
  • Economics Seminar Series, Co-Organizer (2007 - 2008)
  • Junior Faculty Recruiting Committee, Committee Member, Co-Chair (2007 - 2008)
  • Chairperson, TEPPER FACULTY RECRUITMENT/ECON (2006 - 2007)
  • Junior Faculty Recruiting Committee, Co-Chair (2006 - 2007)

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Mathematical Economics (January 2017 -)
  • Associate Editor, Mathematical Social Sciences (October 2013 -)
  • Committee Member, Review of Economic Design, Organization Committee (July 2013 -)
  • Program Organizer, Society of Advancement of Economic Theory, Session organizer (July 2013 -)
  • Treasurer, Society of Economic Design (June 2011 -)
  • Board Member, Society of Economic Design (June 2008 -)
  • Committee Member, Match-Up , Organizing Committee (October 2016 - December 2016)
  • Workshop Organizer, Economics and Business Workshop (April 2014)
  • Session Chair, 15th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (March 2014)
  • Session Chair, Review of Economic Design Conference (July 2013)
  • Session Chair, SAET (July 2013)
  • Session Chair, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (July 2013)
  • Session Chair, Stony Brook Game Theory Conference (July 2011)
  • Session Chair, EBES Conference (June 2011)
  • Session Chair, Society of Economic Design (June 2008)
  • Session Chair, Review of Economic Design Conference (July 2006)
  • Session Chair, Society of Social Choice and Welfare Conference (July 2006)