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Narayana Kocherlakota

To Fix Discrimination, We Need to See It

Research methods are biased against finding bias.

Can you see it now?

Can you see it now?

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Academic research has a big role to play in addressing the problem of racial and gender discrimination that the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements have made newly urgent: To root it out, policy makers need good evidence on where and how it’s doing damage.

Unfortunately, researchers’ supposedly neutral methods are biased against finding bias. This needs to change.