UCL School of Management

Research seminar

Professor Gunes Erdogan, University of Bath, School of Management


Tuesday, 11 October 2022
14:00 – 15:30

UCL School of Management is delighted to welcome Professor Gunes, University of Bath, to host a research seminar discussing:

The ethical shortlisting problem


Hiring is a fundamental, frequent activity for all organisations. Hiring decisions have been reported to be subject to conscious and unconscious biases in the literature. The field of Computational Ethics aims to quantify and maximise the ethicality of decisions. This paper attempts to apply Computational Ethics to the shortlisting process in hiring through the use of Linear Programming. Given a set of applicants for a job with numerical qualification values, the author aims to determine weights for each qualification type to compute scores and resulting rankings for each applicant. To this end, Abstract Moral Theories of Utilitarianism, Maximin/Leximin, Egalitarianism, and Prioritarianism are utilised and applied to a set of randomly generated applicant data. Computational experiments demonstrate that the models are scalable and return interpretable results. The necessity of a quota-based shortlisting system to alleviate disadvantaged candidates is highlighted. The author recommends the use of the Maximin model and iteratively eliminating the applicant with the lowest score.

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