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September 14, 2023

Can Algorithms Reduce Bias? Evidence from Child Welfare & Homelessness Systems

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In this tech vision talk, Rhema use case studies of the introduction of predictive risk models in child welfare and homelessness settings and evidence from RCT and quasi-experimental studies, and argues that predictive risk models might – if carefully deployed – attenuate against existing human biases.

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Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Social Data Analytics, ​Auckland University of Technology

Rhema Vaithianathan is a Professor of Economics at Auckland University of Technology (NZ), where she is director of the Centre for Social Data Analytics, a research centre that uses data analytics for social impact. Rhema leads a multidisciplinary team that works with health and human services agencies around the world to develop and deploy research-led machine-learning tools.