Data and Code for: The Managerial Effects of Algorithmic Fairness Activism

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How do ethical arguments affect AI adoption in business? We randomly expose business decision-makers to arguments used in AI fairness activism. Arguments emphasizing the inescapability of algorithmic bias lead managers to abandon AI for manual review by humans and report greater expectations about lawsuits and negative PR. These effects persist even when AI lowers gender and racial disparities and when engineering investments to address AI fairness are feasible. Emphasis on status quo comparisons yields opposite effects. We also measure the effects of "scientific veneer" in AI ethics arguments. Scientific veneer changes managerial behavior but does not asymmetrically benefit favorable (versus critical) AI activism.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.3886/E120752V1
Metadata Access https://www.da-ra.de/oaip/oai?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_dc&identifier=oai:oai.da-ra.de:765099
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Creator Cowgill, Bo; Dell'Acqua, Fabrizio; Matz, Sandra
Publisher ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Publication Year 2020
Rights Download; This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
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Contact ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
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Resource Type Dataset; survey data
Discipline Social Sciences