Education, Business, & Law

Removing human bias from predictive modeling

Predictive modeling is supposed to be neutral, a way to help remove personal prejudices from decision-making. But the algorithms are packed with the same biases that are built into the real-world data used to create them. 

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Why confidence is key to persuasion

Wharton’s Jonah Berger discusses his new research on how vocal cues affect a speaker’s ability to persuade others.

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Why good people still can’t get jobs

Wharton's Peter Cappelli discusses where companies have gone wrong in the hiring process, and contends that the economy doesn’t have as much to do with the hiring process as we would like to believe. 

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Mindfulness at work: A little bit goes a long way

New research from Wharton management professor Lindsey Cameron finds that including just a few minutes of mindfulness in each day makes employees more helpful and productive.

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How race informed the 6th Amendment right to counsel

A new article by Shaun Ossei-Owusu reveals the critical role of race in the development of a staple of the American criminal justice system: the constitutional guarantee of an attorney for defendants too poor to afford one.

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In the News


The Wall Street Journal

Younger workers feel lonely at the office

Sigal Barsade of the Wharton School shared her research on workplace loneliness, which can make employees less committed to their organizations. “This is not just the individual employee’s problem,” she said. “This is the whole company’s problem.”

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Marketplace (NPR)

Goldman Sachs pushes for more diverse boards of directors

Allison Elias of the Wharton School commented on Goldman Sachs’ efforts to diversify its board of directors, which could encourage other companies to do the same. “I think that this Goldman decision is symbolic of the strength of the business case and the belief people have in it,” she said.

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USA Today

Impeachment: Republicans are in the tank for Trump, but Democrats aren't impartial, either

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education weighed in on the potential effects of bias in the impeachment trial. “I must keep my mind open to new arguments and evidence, instead of closing myself off before we have heard them,” he wrote.

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The Hill

The US’s hidden export subsidy

Chris William Sanchirico of the Law School and Wharton School wrote an op-ed about comparatively low U.S. taxes on foreign profits of U.S. multinational enterprises, which he argues are effectively export subsidies.

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Los Angeles Times

Is a supermarket discount coupon worth giving away your privacy?

Joseph Turow of the Annenberg School for Communication said new corporate disclosure forms for a grocery chain’s customer loyalty program are “scandalous.” “Why does a grocer need to know so much about its customers?” he asked.

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