Applied Seminar: "The social impact of algorithmic decision making: Economic perspectives", Maximilian Kasy, University of Oxford

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Maximilian Kasy, University of Oxford


Maximilan Kasy is an associate professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford. His research interests include:

  • Machine learning theory; the social impact of algorithmic decision making
  • Publication bias, pre-analysis plans, and statistics as a social process
  • Adaptive experimental design
  • Statistical decision theory
  • Empirical Bayes methods
  • Identification and causality
  • Economic inequality and (optimal) taxation.

Event Details

Maximilian's talk is based on 3 projects, 2 of which have working papers:


An active public debate is taking place about the promises and perils of algorithmic decision making, artificial intelligence, and machine learning in socially relevant contexts, such as hiring, consumer credit, bail setting, news feed selection, pricing, etc.:

Are algorithms discriminating? Can algorithmic decisions be explained? Does AI create unemployment? Can we protect individual privacy?

Some of these debates have been taken up in computer science, under headers such as privacy, fairness, accountability, and transparency. These debates raise important conceptual questions: What are the normative foundations for these concerns? And how can we evaluate decision making systems empirically?

Economists (among others) have debated related questions in non-automated settings for a long time. In this talk Maximilan will discuss several projects which contribute economic perspectives on the social impact of algorithmic decision making.

To request the Zoom link, please email Heather Royer.