Nobel Prize Winner Helped Shape NYC High Schools

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

One of two American scholars who were awarded the Nobel economics prize on Monday was the brains behind a redesigned application process at New York City public high schools.

Alvin Roth designed a pairing mechanism in 2003 to ensure that fewer students ended up in schools that were not among their top choices. Similar formulas have been applied to efforts to match kidneys and other human organs to patients needing a transplant.

Mr. Roth, along with Lloyd Shapley, was awarded the Nobel economics prize for studies on the match-making that takes place when doctors are coupled up with hospitals, students with schools and human organs with transplant recipients.

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