Speaker: Marta Serra-Garcia
Affiliation: University of California, San Diego
Via Zoom link: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/84008636651 


Can algorithms help people predict behavior in high‐stakes prisoner's dilemmas? Participants watching the pre‐play communication of contestants in the TV show Golden Balls display a limited ability to predict contestants' behavior, while algorithms do significantly better. We provide participants algorithmic advice by flagging videos for which an algorithm predicts a high likelihood of cooperation or defection. We find that the effectiveness of flags depends on their timing: participants rely significantly more on flags shown before they watch the videos than flags shown after they watch them. These findings show that the timing of algorithmic feedback is key for its adoption.

About the speaker

Marta Serra-Garcia is an Associate Professor of Economics & Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. Her fields of interest include Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Game Theory and Applied Microeconomics.

About the presenter's visit 

If you would like to meet with Dr Serra-Garcia please contact: Dr Zachary Breig

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