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Mohammad Akbarpour

Assistant Professor of Economics
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Assistant Professor of Computer Science (by courtesy)
Stanford University
Address: 655 Knight way, E251, Stanford, CA

Faculty Assistant: Sharon Marucut (email:

About me

My research is around market design, redistributive mechanisms, kidney markets, and network theory. I teach PhD and MBA courses on market design, as well as a new PhD course on Simplicity and Complexity in Economic Theory.

Here is a summary of my research in a 2018 interview.

Here is my C.V.

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Published and Accepted Papers

  1. Credible Auctions: A Trilemma, [PDF], [SSRN] [Slides] [VideoPresentation]
    with Shengwu Li
    Forthcoming, Econometrica, December 2019
    Best Paper Award, EC’18.
    In Quartz's list of 12 economics research that shaped our world in 2018
    Non-technical Summary: Rigged Auctions?

  2. Approximate Random Allocation Mechanisms, [PDF], [Final RESTUD Version]
    with Afshin Nikzad
    Forthcoming, Review of Economic Studies, December 2019

  3. Thickness and Information in Dynamic Matching Markets, [PDF], [SSRN]
    with Shengwu Li and Shayan Oveis Gharan
    Forthcoming, Journal of Political Economy, June 2019 (Also at EC’14)
    A quick way to learn this paper is to watch the short videos:
    Model (8mins)
    Matching and Objective (6mins)
    Designing algorithms (7mins)
    Main theorems (5mins)
    Proof ideas I (12mins)
    Proof ideas II (6mins)
    Value of information (9mins)

  4. Diffusion in Networks and the Virtue of Burstiness
    with Matthew Jackson
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 2018 (Also at EC’17)
    [Link] [PDF] [Video of Talk]

Working Papers

  1. Redistribution through Markets, [PDF]
    with Piotr Dworczak and Scott Duke Kominers
    At EC’18
    Revise & Resubmit, Econometrica

  2. Just a Few Seeds More: Value of Network Information for Diffusion, [PDF], [SSRN] [Video of Talk]
    with Suraj Malladi and Amin Saberi.
    Revise & Resubmit, American Economic Review
    At EC’18
    Non-technical Summary: Are Influencers Overrated?

  3. The Iranian Market for Kidneys, [PDF]
    with Farshad Fatemi and Negar Matoorian.

  4. Unpaired Kidney Exchange: Overcoming Double Coincidence of Wants without Money, [PDF]
    with Julien Combe, Yinghua He, Victor Hiller, Rob Shimer, and Olivier Tercieux.

  5. School Choice with Unequal Outside Options, [PDF]
    with Winnie van Dijk

  6. Information Aggregation in Overlapping Generations, [SSRN]
    with Amin Saberi and Ali Shameli.
    A preliminary version of this paper won the Best Paper Award of WINE 2017

  7. Financing Transplant Costs of the Poor: A Dynamic Model of Global Kidney Exchange, [PDF]
    with Afshin Nikzad, Michael Rees, and Alvin Roth.

  8. A Universal Dictatorship Lemma, [SSRN]
    with Sam Nariman.

  9. High Probability Guarantees in Repeated Games: Theory and Applications in Information Theory, [arXiv]
    with Payam Delgosha and Amin Gohari.
    Published in Proceedings of the IEEE 105.2 (2017): 189-204.