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Comment author: Toby_Ord 20 November 2014 11:12:36AM *  4 points [-]

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Which are practical prize type solutions along similar lines.

Comment author: Paul_Christiano 20 November 2014 06:28:13PM 0 points [-]

The HIF in particular is very closely related; that's roughly what I imagine an early implementation looking like.

Thanks for the pointers.

Comment author: Phil_Thomas 20 November 2014 10:41:56PM 0 points [-]

This idea also reminds me a little bit of performance based incentives in aid, such as Cash On Delivery programs. Performance based incentives are relatively new, though, so I haven't been able to find many impact evaluations, although initial reports are promising for health interventions (1, 2). There was even talk a few years ago of creating a stock market for charities, but I don't think that has gone anywhere. Robert Shiller also proposed something called a Participation Nonprofit at one point where people would buy shares in a nonprofit then spend the returns on charities. All of those have elements of what you're talking about, but don't put it all together.