april, 2021

wed07apr3:00 pmwed4:00 pm“Fair Allocation of Vaccines, Ventilators, and Antiviral Treatments: Leaving No Ethical Value Behind in Health Care Rationing”Research Speaker Series3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST VirtualRegister

Event Details

Dr. Utku Unver from Boston College joins the Research Speaker Series on April 9th, 2021 to present on the ethics of COVID-19 vaccinations.


COVID-19 has revealed limitations of existing mechanisms for rationing medical resources under emergency scenarios. Many argue that these mechanisms abandon various ethical values such as equity by discriminating against disadvantaged communities. Illustrating that these limitations are aggravated by a restrictive choice of mechanism, we formulate pandemic rationing of medical resources as a new application of market design and propose a reserve system as a resolution. We develop a general theory of reserve design, introduce new concepts such as cutoff equilibria and smart reserves, extend analysis of previously-known ones such as sequential reserve matching, relate these concepts to current debates, and present preliminary policy impact.

About Utku Unver

Utku Ünver is a professor of economics at Boston College.  He received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. His first appointments were as an assistant professor at Koç University in Istanbul (2000-2005) and at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh (2005-2008). He moved to Boston College in 2008 and has been a full professor there since 2011.

He is an economic theorist, with research interests broadly in market and mechanism design, game theory, and in their practical & theoretical applications in matching markets, such as the design of living-donor organ exchanges, axiomatic matching mechanism design, and recently allocation of scarce medical resources. He has been one of the initiators of the market design research on kidney exchange. He has helped the launching and operation of the first two kidney-exchange clearinghouses in the world founded upon economic principles, the New England Program for Kidney Exchange, and the Alliance for Kidney Paired Donation. He published around 45 articles, including in all top-five and leading field journals of economics and in top journals of other disciplines, such as medicine, operations research, and marketing science.

He is on the editorial boards of several journals, including Theoretical Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, and Games and Economic Behavior. He was the President of the Society for Economic Design between 2008-2015.


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