Colloquium on Evaluation and Bias by Tristan Botelho
Speaker: Tristan Botelho, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management
Title: Evaluation and Bias
Host: Nisheeth Vishnoi
Abstract: Evaluation Processes, where individuals have the opportunity to assess the quality of candidates (e.g., ideas, products, exchange partners, and employees), are a mainstay of markets and organizations. Not only are these evaluations increasingly popular due to their use on various digital platforms and organizations, but these evaluations also have critical consequences for the allocation of resources. Researchers have provided robust evidence that an individual’s ascriptive characteristics, such as gender and race, factor into an evaluator’s assessments, thus biasing observed outcomes. While documenting these differences is helpful, it is essential to understand the conditions under which evaluative biases are attenuated and magnified to inform policy and possible interventions. In this presentation, I will discuss the results of several projects to understand how the structure of evaluation processes affects observed bias. Data for these projects come from a diverse set of digital platforms, including evaluating entrepreneurs, professionals, and firms. A focus of the discussion will be on the mechanisms that exacerbate and alleviate observed biases.
Speaker Biography: Tristan is an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Management. You can find more information about him and his research here: https://tristanbotelho.com/.
Zoom link: https://yale.zoom.us/j/92495693205