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Insights / Podcast episodeMar 21, 2023

Social Media Algorithms: How You’re Curating a Biased News Feed

Tess Vigeland, Sendhil Mullainathan
Social media behaviors, moving at an ever faster pace, may not reflect what users really...
Topics:  Technology & Innovation
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Watch: Innovation — From Idea to Reality: A Conversation Richard Sandor and Steven Kaplan

In an insightful and engaging conversation presented by the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute,...
Topics:  Technology & Innovation
Insights / Research BriefJan 22, 2021

Simple and Credible Value-Added Estimation Using Centralized School Assignment • Measuring Racial Discrimination in Algorithms

With the aggregation of more and more data, and with improvements in machine learning methods, firms and policymakers have developed algorithms to help them make decisions. For example, banks and credit card companies use algorithms to make decisions relating to a consumer’s creditworthiness. The idea is not only to make accurate assessments but to also remove any prejudice or other qualitative errors that could occur when people make such high-stakes decisions.
Topics:  K-12 Education, Technology & Innovation
Insights / Research BriefJan 22, 2021

Comparing Conventional and Machine-Learning Approaches to Risk Assessment in Domestic Abuse Cases

The numbers are staggering. Domestic abuse affects nearly one-third of all women world-wide who are in a relationship, including one-fourth of US women and one-third of English women who suffer physical or sexual abuse at the hands of an intimate partner.
Topics:  Technology & Innovation
Insights / Podcast episodeJan 13, 2021

The Big Tech Threat?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Eric Posner, Chad Syverson
The expanding market influence of tech companies has sparked new fear of an old economic...
Topics:  Technology & Innovation
Insights / Podcast episodeNov 05, 2020

Deep Dive Series – The Future of Money?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Eric Budish, Brian Platz, Yuval Rooz, Luigi Zingales
If use of cash continues to wane, will cryptocurrency be the new dollar bill? Is...
Topics:  Technology & Innovation
Insights / Research BriefFeb 03, 2020

A Global View of Creative Destruction

Trade policy has recently been in the news, with the focus on the costs to firms from higher prices due to trade tariffs. However, the focus on the effect of tariffs on prices misses perhaps the most important benefit from international trade: the transmission of ideas.
Topics:  Industrial Organization, Technology & Innovation
Insights / Research BriefDec 16, 2019

Synergizing Ventures

In the early days of Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen did not need investors’...
Topics:  Employment & Wages, Industrial Organization, Technology & Innovation