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Research Interests

Economic Theory, Market Design


Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (2006). Held postdoctoral positions at Harvard Business School and Oxford University prior to joining Cambridge in 2010.

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Erdil, A. and Kumano, T. Efficiency and stability under substitutable priorities with ties, (2019) Journal of Economic Theory
Erdil, A. and Ergin, H. Two-sided matching with indifferences, (2017) Journal of Economic Theory
Erdil, A. Strategy-proof stochastic assignment, (2013) Journal of Economic Theory
Erdil, A. and Klemperer, P. A new payment rule for core-selecting package auctions, (2010) Journal of the European Economic Association
Ehlers, L. and Erdil, A. Efficient assignment respecting priorities, (2010) Journal of Economic Theory

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Erdil, A. Strategy-Proof Stochastic Assignment, (2013) CWPE1333

Chapter in Book

Erdil, A. and Klemperer, P. A New Payment Rule for Core-Selecting Package Auctions, (2017), in Part II - The Combinatorial Clock Auction Designs. Edited by Martin Bichler, Jacob Goeree - Cambridge University Press
Erdil, A. and Ergin, H. Improving Efficiency in School Choice, (2013), in The Handbook of Market Design. Edited by Nir Vulkan, Alvin Roth, Zvika Neeman - Oxford Scholarship Online

Recent Activities

Redesigning the UK’s university admissions system - Publication Date: 2021-08-23
In the Economics Observatory, Dr Aytek Erdil argues for a post-qualification admissions system that includes a matching mechanism, with students receiving university offers after they have received their A-levels.

University Admissions could do with a Matchmaker - Publication Date: 2021-05-14
Dr Aytek Erdil has proposed a major shake-up of the university admissions system in the UK. The key to his Post-Qualification Admissions model is to have UCAS act as a ‘matchmaker’, using the Gale-Shapley algorithm.

Cambridge Economics Alumni Webinar Series: Economic Analysis of Student Admissions - Publication Date: 2021-03-23
In this webinar, Dr Debopam Bhattacharya (University Reader and Fellow of Trinity College) examined the extent to which elite universities practice merit-based admissions. He was joined by Dr Aytek Erdil (University Reader and Fellow of King's College) who introduced and discussed a new proposal to redesign the UK's university admissions system.

Testing Times: Assessments and Teaching in the Time of COVID-19 - Publication Date: 2020-12-14
2020 has been a year like no other. Lectures are being delivered remotely, Zoom has become a familiar fixture in supervisions, and the most recent round of gruelling Economics Tripos examinations was held online. Dr. Aytek Erdil, Director of Teaching, looks back on tough calls and thoughtful adaptations made by the Faculty as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded.

Faculty Academic Promotions 2020 - Publication Date: 2020-06-25
The Faculty of Economics is very pleased to announce that Dr. Aytek Erdil has been promoted to a University Readership. This promotion will come into effect from 1st October 2020.


PI Paper 3 - Mathematics for Economists
PIIB Paper 4 - Topics Course
MPhil Prep Course - Calculus and Optimisation
Phd10 - Economic Theory

PhD Students


Li Quan
PhD Title:
Research: Digital Economy, Industrial Organization, Experimental Finance

Professor Aytek Erdil

Professor of Economics

Research Group:
Microeconomic Theory

CV: Curriculum Vitae

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Contact Details
Room: 34
Office Hours:
Tuesdays 3-4pm in term time
College: King's College