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Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 26 August 2016 11:24:51AM 1 point [-]

Only 10% of attendees at EAG were earning to give as their long-term plan for impact.

I'd be interested to learn more about this number. I assume some attendees were uncertain about their long-term plan? If so, some of these people may end up earning to give?

Also what do 80K's target percentages vs actual percentages look like for other EA career options?

Comment author: saulius  (EA Profile) 27 August 2016 11:59:12AM *  3 points [-]

In EA survey (https://eahub.org/sites/effectivealtruismhub.com/files/SurveyReport2015.pdf page 18) there was a question "What broad career path are you planning to follow?". Results: Direct charity / nonprofit work: 190; Earning to give: 512; Research: 362; None of these: 375; Didn't answer: 913.

Comment author: jayquigley 28 August 2016 04:23:54PM *  3 points [-]


  • Direct charity / nonprofit work: 190 / 2352 = 8%
  • Earning to give: 512 / 2352 = 22%
  • Research: 362 / 2352 = 15%
  • None of these: 375 / 2352 = 16%
  • Didn't answer: 913 / 2352 = 39%
Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 27 August 2016 01:11:43AM 3 points [-]

I imagine there's also some selection bias -- those doing ETG often have jobs that are harder to leave to go to a conference.

Comment author: AGB 27 August 2016 11:24:30PM 3 points [-]

Yeah, just as an illustrative anecdote three people currently working in Jane Street's London office attended EAG Oxford last year, myself included. I'm fairly sure none of us attended EAG this year.

I was concerned enough about this before the event to check in with some other people and make sure that at least some EtG people would turn up, which they did, but I'd still expect it that percentage to be on the low side.

Comment author: BenMillwood  (EA Profile) 27 August 2016 04:11:44AM 3 points [-]

On the other hand, they more often have enough spare money to fly halfway around the world to a conference.

Comment author: saulius  (EA Profile) 27 August 2016 12:08:53PM 1 point [-]

Also more hardcore EAs are more likely to come to the conference. But these percentages don't mean much to me because people can't be easily categorized into EAs and non-EAs. There are varying degrees of EAness.