nonzerosum comments on EA Survey 2017 Series: Cause Area Preferences - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: nonzerosum 14 September 2017 10:12:05PM 0 points [-]

I don't think it's appropriate to include donations to ACE or GiveWell as 'cause prioritization.' I think ACE should be classed as animal welfare and GiveWell as global poverty.

My understanding is that cause prioritization is broad comparison research.

Cause prioritization looks at broad causes (e.g. migration, global warming, global health, life extension) in order to compare them, instead of examining individual charities within each cause (as has been traditional).


Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 14 September 2017 11:41:08PM 1 point [-]

It does seem to me that GiveWell and ACE are qualitatively of a different kind than the organizations they evaluate. I do agree it is a judgement call, though. If you feel differently, all the raw data is there for you to create a new analysis that categorizes the organizations differently.

Comment author: [deleted] 14 September 2017 11:05:03PM 1 point [-]

Under this definition, are there even any EA orgs that do cause prioritization work?