Choosing how to discriminate: navigating ethical trade-offs in fair algorithmic design for the insurance sector

Michele Loi, Markus Christen
2021 Philosophy & Technology  
AbstractHere, we provide an ethical analysis of discrimination in private insurance to guide the application of non-discriminatory algorithms for risk prediction in the insurance context. This addresses the need for ethical guidance of data-science experts, business managers, and regulators, proposing a framework of moral reasoning behind the choice of fairness goals for prediction-based decisions in the insurance domain. The reference to private insurance as a business practice is essential in
more » ... our approach, because the consequences of discrimination and predictive inaccuracy in underwriting are different from those of using predictive algorithms in other sectors (e.g., medical diagnosis, sentencing). Here we focus on the trade-off in the extent to which one can pursue indirect non-discrimination versus predictive accuracy. The moral assessment of this trade-off is related to the context of application—to the consequences of inaccurate risk predictions in the insurance domain.
doi:10.1007/s13347-021-00444-9 fatcat:nqxhrm2pnbcmfantabxtxvn27y