Implementing (Un)fair Procedures? Favoritism and Process Fairness when Inequality is Inevitable

Economics

Speaker:Stefan Trautmann, University of Heidelberg
Date: Friday 4 October 2019
Time: 14.00 - 15.30
Location: 0.28 Streatham Court

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We study allocation behavior when outcome inequality is inevitable but a fair process is feasible, as in selecting one person from several candidates for a job or award. We show that allocators may be influenced by inappropriate criteria, impeding the implementation of a fair process. We study four interventions to induce process fairness without restricting the allocator's decisions: Increasing the transparency of the allocation process; providing a private randomization device; allowing the allocator to delegate to a public randomization device; and allowing the allocator to avoid information on inappropriate criteria. All interventions except transparency have positive effects, but differ substantially in their impact.