Discussion paper

DP15559 Top of the Batch: Interviews and the Match

Most doctors in the NRMP match with one of their most-preferred internship programs. However, surveys indicate doctors’ preferences are similar, suggesting a puzzle: how can so many doctors match with their top choices when positions are scarce? We provide one possible explanation. We show that the patterns in the NRMP data may be an artifact of the interview process that precedes the match. Our study highlights the importance of understanding market interactions occurring before and after a matching clearinghouse, and casts doubts on analyses of clearinghouses that take reported preferences at face value.


Echenique, F, R Gonzalez, A Wilson and L Yariv (2020), ‘DP15559 Top of the Batch: Interviews and the Match‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 15559. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp15559