Afshin Nikzad

Assistant Professor of Economics

University of Southern California


(On leave Fall 2022; at UChicago/Becker Friedman Institute)


Curriculum Vitae

I am an economic theorist with a particular focus on market design and matching markets.




Working papers


Constrained Majorization: Applications in Mechanism Design
Working paper. Extended Abstract to appear in EC 2022

Equity in Dynamic Matching: Extreme Waitlist Policies
Working paper, with Philipp Strack.

Optimal Dynamic Allocation: Simplicity through Information Design
R&R in The Review of Economic Studies, Extended Abstract in EC 2021,
with Itai Ashlagi and Faidra Monachou.

Thickness and Competition in On-demand Service Platforms
Working paper, new version.

Financing Transplant Costs of the Poor: A Dynamic Model of Global Kidney Exchange
Afshin Nikzad, Mohammad Akbarpour, Michael Reese, Alvin Roth.

Published papers


On Rank Dominance of Tie-Breaking Rules
Theoretical Economics, with Maxwell Allman and Itai Ashlagi.

Matching in Dynamic Imbalanced Markets
The Review of Economic Studies, with Itai Ashlagi, Philipp Strack.

Global Kidney Chains
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
with Mohammad Akbarpour, Michael Reese, Alvin Roth.

Rank-optimal assignments in uniform markets
Theoretical Economics
A short proof by Jay Sethuraman based on a theorem of Aldous

What matters in tie-breaking rules? How competition guides design
Journal of Economic Theory, with Itai Ashlagi.

Approximate Random Allocation Mechanisms
The Review of Economic Studies, with Mohammad Akbarpour.

Persuading a Pessimist: Simplicity and Robustness
Games and Economic Behavior

Assigning More Students to Their Top Choices: A Tiebreaking Rule Comparison
Games and Economic Behavior, with Itai Ashlagi, Assaf Romm.

Budget Feasible Procurement Auctions
Operations Research, with Nima Anari and Gagan Goel.


You can access my google scholar page here.