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Joint Comparative Politics and PDRI-DevLab Seminar: Yotam Margalit

PDRI-DevLab is hosting a Joint Comparative Politics and PDRI DevLab Seminar.

Topic: The Politics of Using AI in Policy Implementation: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Presenter: Yotam Margalit (joint with Shir Raviv)

Session Details: The use of AI by government agencies in guiding important decisions (such as policing, welfare, education) has generated backlash and led to widespread calls for greater public input in the regulation of AI. But what exactly would such public input reflect? Does personal experience with the technology or learning about its implications shape people’s views on using AI in government? We study these questions experimentally. We track the attitudes of over 1,500 workers, where the boss who allocates them to tasks (human vs. AI), the tasks’ content and valence are randomly assigned. Over a three-wave panel, we find that personal experience with AI-as-boss affected workers’ performance, but not their policy attitudes. In contrast, exposure to information about the technology generated significant attitudinal change, even when it went against their experience or prior views. Our findings highlight the promise and potential challenges of involving public input in shaping AI regulation.

This session will be a seminar where the speaker will present their work for 40 minutes, followed by a Q&A for 20 minutes.

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Yotam Margalit

Yotam Margalit is the Brian Mulroney Chair in Government at the School of Political Science and International Affairs at Tel Aviv University and a Professor in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. Much of his research deals with the political consequences of globalization, particularly immigration and international trade. He also studies the sources of individual preferences on economic policy and the way changing personal circumstances shape political views. A more recent strand of research deals with the political repercussions of economic crises.