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Publisher's Summary

A Nobel laureate reveals the often surprising rules that govern a vast array of activities - both mundane and life-changing - in which money may play little or no role.

If you've ever sought a job or hired someone, applied to college or guided your child into a good kindergarten, asked someone out on a date or been asked out, you've participated in a kind of market. Most of the study of economics deals with commodity markets, where the price of a good connects sellers and buyers. But what about other kinds of "goods," like a spot in the Yale freshman class or a position at Google? This is the territory of matching markets, where "sellers" and "buyers" must choose each other, and price isn't the only factor determining who gets what.

Alvin E. Roth is one of the world's leading experts on matching markets. He has even designed several of them, including the exchange that places medical students in residencies and the system that increases the number of kidney transplants by better matching donors to patients. In Who Gets What - And Why, Roth reveals the matching markets hidden around us and shows how to recognize a good match and make smarter, more confident decisions.

©2015 Alvin E. Roth (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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What the Author Did On Summer Vacation

This book covers a lot of economics, and a fair amount of applied game theory, while talking principly of market design. Because I am deeply interested in each of these topics, I wanted to like it. I should have liked it. I struggled to like it. But in the end, my struggle was only partially successful.
Somehow it seemed to me that, again and again, the author disappointed. He obviously knows a great deal. But it seemed that rather than giving full measure of knowledge, the author was working overtime to impress. Something like the self-important essay my fourth grade teacher assigned the whole class to write: What I Did Over Summer Vacation.
They say, "If you done it, it ain't bragging!" but this author's rendition of historical events seemed (to me at least) to be almost as much about sounding impressive as it was about the principles that the author (and his grad students) applied.
I would have loved more exposition of the principles, and less of the principals, the chief of which always was the august author himself.
Perhaps some editor "made him do it" on the theory that narrative sells better than text book exposition. Fair enough. But looking back, I don't think that editor did me a service. The narrative porridge was too thin for my taste.

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Good book but lighter on substance than I hoped

Shortlisted this book after catching the authors interview on NPR but was expecting more details on market redesign. The book feels more like an introductory lecture/preview a grad school course. Pick this book up if you're considering following the author or one of his former students to the schools they're currently teaching at.

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All about what Alvin E. Roth did in said field...

Would you try another book from Alvin E. Roth and/or Peter Berkrot?

In a word, no. The author was self important and the narrator grating: the combination of such was unbearable.

What was most disappointing about Alvin E. Roth’s story?

First of all, Mr. Roth spent more time talking about himself than the subject matter. This would have made a better biography than economics book. Every time he would mention an interesting idea, drawing you into the subject matter, he'd break the invitation with his incessant desire to prove that he knew what he was talking about because of his experience. He seemed to lack the confidence to let the ideas speak for themselves.

Secondly, the narrator's tone and pattern of speech heightened the author's missteps towards the level of self aggrandizement. It was unbearable.

In short, I wish that I wouldn't have waited so long to listen to this after purchase. This would have been an immediate return.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The subject matter was intriguing, but it was interrupted far too much by the author themselves. I grabbed this book specifically for my interest in the subject.

Any additional comments?

This is the most disappointing audio book I've ever purchase.

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not worth it

there was very little to learn. the author just gave detailed descriptions of various applications, but I didn't learn anything other than deferred admission.

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Good overview of matching markets

Good overview of matching markets by someone who helped shape the field. A bit repetitive and the performance is silly.

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Ok. Could have been half the length.

What did you like best about Who Gets What - And Why? What did you like least?

There are some fascinating insights in the book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Meh

Was Who Gets What - And Why worth the listening time?

Not sure. There ARE some fascinating insights, but the book is terribly long winded and filled with unnecessary detail which exhaustingly drags out the points being made. It's almost as if the author wanted it to be part memoir. Like a Russian novel, the material/story could/should have be made in a fraction of the length.

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Content is too thick for me

What disappointed you about Who Gets What - And Why?

I forgot why I selected this book. If my memory comes back to me, I hope it was not because I wanted to understand kidney transplant algorithms or how judges hire interns.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Winnie the Pooh

How did the narrator detract from the book?

very good narration.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was free.

Any additional comments?

I want an award for surviving to chapter six!

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My Fault

I did not do my due diligence and picked the wrong book. My bad. Another word.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful