Sendhil Mullainathan

Sendhil Mullainathan

2022 Calderwood Lecture in Economics: Sendhil Mullainathan

Algorithms and People: How Machine Learning Can Change Society and Science, For Better and Worse
Apr 5, 4:15 PM
Virtual
Free and open to the public

The 2022 Calderwood Lecture in Economics will be given by Sendhil Mullainathan, the Roman Family University Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 5 at 4:15pm via Zoom.

The topic of Dr. Mullainathan’s talk is “Algorithms and People: How Machine Learning Can Change Society and Science, For Better and Worse.” In his talk, Dr. Mullainathan will survey the important issues that sit at the intersection of economics, psychology, and algorithm design. As algorithms come to dominate our social lives, it is clear we require frameworks and tools that capture both the vagaries of human psychology and the inscrutability of algorithms: whether we seek to do good science or build a good society, we must understand these two together.

Dr. Mullainathan’s current research uses machine learning to understand complex problems in human behavior, social policy, and medicine. His past work has used insights from economics and behavioral science along with tools of causal inference to study social problems including discrimination and poverty. His research has appeared in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Science. Dr. Mullainathan is a MacArthur Fellow (“Genius grant” winner) and a co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

Please register in advance for this event.

For more information, please contact:

sdatz@wellesley.edu

Generously supported by:

the Calderwood Economics Fund