Elizabeth comments on Earning to Give as Costly Signalling - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Elizabeth 24 June 2017 05:23:01PM 0 points [-]

I think costly signaling is the wrong phrase here. Costly signaling is about gain for the signaler. This seems better modeled as people trying to indirectly purchase the good "rich people donate lots to charity.". Similar to people who are unwilling to donate to the government (so they don't think the government is better at spending money than they are) but do advocate for higher taxes (meaning they think the government is better at spending money than other people are). They're trying to purchase the good "higher taxes for everyone".

Comment author: Raemon 24 June 2017 05:33:00PM 4 points [-]

Maybe, but the thing I'm trying to get at here is "a bunch of people saying that rich people should donate to X" is a less credible signal than "a bunch of people saying X thing is important enough that they are willing to donate to it themselves."

Comment author: Owen_Cotton-Barratt 24 June 2017 07:53:31PM 1 point [-]

Seems like it's suggesting it as costly signalling at the level of the movement rather than the individuals. It's a stretch from normal use, but that's kind of the strength of analogies?