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Comment author: Ben_Todd 10 February 2018 03:48:09AM 1 point [-]

Nice! Just note that I don't think you mention medium-term indirect effects. Arguably this should cause a convergence between resources directed at the global poor e.g. because making the US richer will spillover (a little bit) to other countries.

Read more: http://reflectivedisequilibrium.blogspot.ae/2014/01/what-portion-of-boost-to-global-gdp.html

There may also be other general reasons for convergence between interventions (e.g. regression to the mean): http://reducing-suffering.org/why-charities-dont-differ-astronomically-in-cost-effectiveness/

For these reasons, I think it's better to deflate a "direct only" effects estimate by 3-10x, so arguably your dollar only goes 3-50x further overseas.

If you also try to factor in the long-term effects on existential risk etc. then the comparison becomes even less clear. It's plausible that many US-directed interventions do more to reduce existential risk than global poverty focused ones. See more here: https://80000hours.org/articles/extinction-risk/#2-broad-efforts-to-reduce-risks

Comment author: RandomEA 10 February 2018 09:57:07PM 0 points [-]

I mention them briefly in point 1 under Methodology, but they are not included in my calculation.