Research / BFI Working PaperSep 20, 2021

Fragile Algorithms and Fallible Decision-Makers: Lessons from the Justice System

Algorithms (in some form) are already widely used in the criminal justice system. We draw lessons from this experience for what is to come for the rest of society as machine learning diffuses. We find economists and other social scientists have a key role to play in shaping the impact of algorithms, in part through improving the tools used to build them.

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