Dan_Keys comments on Altruistic Organizations Should Consider Counterfactuals When Hiring - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Dan_Keys 12 September 2016 11:17:20PM 1 point [-]

If the prospective employee is an EA, then they are presumably already paying lots of attention to the question "How much good would I do in this job, compared with the amount of good I would do if I did something else instead?" And the prospective employee has better information than the employer about what that alternative would be and how much good it would do. So it's not clear how much is added by having the employer also consider this.

Comment author: MichaelDickens  (EA Profile) 13 September 2016 02:35:22AM 0 points [-]

Employees don't know who else is being considered for the position so they don't have as much information about the tradeoffs there as employers do.

Alternatively, you could interpret me as saying that employees should consider how their taking a job affects what jobs other people take; although at that point you're looking at fairly far-removed effects and I'm not sure you can do anything useful at that level.