A Market Clearing Solution for Social Lending
Ning Chen, Arpita Ghosh
The social lending market, with over a billion dollars in loans, is a two-sided matching market where borrowers specify demands and lenders specify total budgets and their desired interest rates from each acceptable borrower. Because different borrowers correspond to different risk-return profiles, lenders have preferences over acceptable borrowers; a borrower prefers lenders in order of the interest rates they offer to her. We investigate the question of what is a computationally feasible, 'good', allocation to clear this market. We design a strongly polynomial time algorithm for computing a Pareto-efficient stable outcome in a two-sided many-to-many matching market within differences, and use this to compute an allocation for the social lending market that satisfies the properties of stability — a standard notion of fairness in two-sided matching markets — and Pareto efficiency; and additionally addresses envy-freeness amongst similar borrowers and risk diversification for lenders.