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Mohammad Akbarpour

Assistant Professor of Economics
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Address: 655 Knight way, E251, Stanford, CA

Faculty Assistant: Odette Aranzamendez (email:

Hello, world!

I study questions related to market design and network theory. Recently, I have been thinking about questions related to economic inequality, organ markets, and information diffusion in networks. I teach a PhD course on the theory and practice of market design, and two MBA courses, one on the design of online marketplaces and one on using technology and market design to solve social problems. Here is my C.V.

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Published Papers

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

Working Papers

  1. Thickness and Information in Dynamic Matching Markets, [PDF], [SSRN]
    with Shengwu Li and Shayan Oveis Gharan
    Conditionally Accepted, Journal of Political Economy
    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)

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

  3. Credible Mechanisms, [PDF], [SSRN] [Slides]
    with Shengwu Li
    Revise & Resubmit, Econometrica
    At EC’18 (Selected as the Best Paper)
    Media Coverage: Why Top Bidders Don’t Always Feel Like Winners

  4. 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
    Media Coverage: Are Influencers Overrated?

  5. Approximate Random Allocation Mechanisms, [SSRN]
    with Afshin Nikzad
    Revise & Resubmit, Review of Economic Studies

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

  7. 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

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

  9. A New Interpretation of Dictatorship with Application in Social Choice Theory, [SSRN]
    with Sam Nariman.

  10. 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.