Countering Discrimination: Policy and Research to Combat Bias in the Workplace

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Rigorous research has shown that discriminatory practices are often embedded in the workplace. For instance, evidence has shown that individuals with names commonly associated with members of minority groups can be less likely to be invited to interviews, compared to individuals with similar backgrounds whose names are from the majority group. This type of discrimination may prevent members of minority groups from reaching their full earning potential. 

What are effective strategies for combating this type of bias in employment and at the workplace? Many organizations are developing new tools and strategies to counter this type of bias. Rigorous research can help us better understand which innovations are particularly effective and in what contexts.

This webinar will feature a panel discussion between policy experts from the European Central Bank, and the tech company Applied, as well as applied researchers in this space, to discuss current challenges, promising innovations in the field and where further research is needed. This panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

11:00–11:10 am ET

Introductions and opening remarks

  • Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
11:10–11:45 am ET

Panel discussion – What innovations could help to reduce bias in the workplace: Lessons from evidence and current innovations

  • Khyati Sundaram, Chief Executive Officer, Applied
  • Luc Laeven, Director-General of the Research Department, European Central Bank
  • Chinmaya Kumar, PhD student, University of Chicago
  • Marianne Bertrand (Moderator), Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
11:45 am–12:00 pm ET

Q&A with audience 


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