Where Some People Donated in 2017

Edited 2018-02-14 to include myself. Edited soon after publication to include ACE staff members’ donations. Thanks to the Facebook commenter who pointed me to them. This is a collection of writings on where people are donating. It only includes writings that I am aware exist (obviously) and that are written... Read More

Where I Am Donating in 2016

Part of a series for My Cause Selection 2016. For background, see my writings on cause selection for 2015 and my series on quantitative models . Introduction In my previous essay, I explained why I am prioritizing animal advocacy as a cause area. In this essay, I decide where to... Read More

Dedicated Donors May Not Want to Sign the Giving What We Can Pledge

Cross-posted to my blog . The Giving What We Can pledge serves as a useful way to commit to donating 10% (or more) of your income, and probably also helps show by example that donating this much money is a reasonable and achievable thing to do. I believe it serves... Read More

Altruistic Organizations Should Consider Counterfactuals When Hiring

Cross-posted to my blog . Counterfactuals matter. When you’re taking a job, you should care about who would take the job if you didn’t, and how much worse a job than you they’d do. This matters from the other side too: employers should consider counterfactuals when deciding who to hire.... Read More

Why the Open Philanthropy Project Should Prioritize Wild Animal Suffering

Cross-posted to my website . Like the last time I wrote something like this, my suggestions here could apply to any large foundation. But most large foundations don’t care at all about what I say, and the Open Philanthropy Project cares at least a tiny bit about what I say,... Read More

Evaluation Frameworks (or: When Importance / Neglectedness / Tractability Doesn't Apply)

Let’s look at how we use frameworks to prioritize causes. We’ll start by looking at the commonly-used importance/neglectedness tractability framework and see why it often works well and why it doesn’t match reality. Then we’ll consider an alternative approach. Importance/neglectedness/tractability framework When people do high-level cause prioritization, they often use... Read More

A Complete Quantitative Model for Cause Selection

Part of a series on quantitative models for cause selection. Update : There’s now a web app that can do everything the spreadsheet could and more. Quantitative models offer a superior approach in determining which interventions to support. However, naive cost-effectiveness estimates have big problems . In particular: They don’t... Read More

Quantifying the Far Future Effects of Interventions

Part of a series on quantitative models for cause selection. Introduction In the past I’ve written qualitatively about what sorts of interventions likely have the best far-future effects. But qualitative analysis is maybe not the best way to decide this sort of thing, so let’s build some quantitative models. I... Read More

GiveWell's Charity Recommendations Require Taking a Controversial Stance on Population Ethics

Cross-posted to my blog . GiveWell claims that the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) is about 10 times as cost-effective as GiveDirectly. This entails unusual claims about population ethics that I believe many people would reject, and according to other plausible views of population ethics, AMF looks less cost-effective than the... Read More

On Priors

Cross-posted to my blog . Part of a series on quantitative models for cause selection. Introduction One major reason that effective altruists disagree about which causes to support is that they have different opinions on how strong an evidence base an intervention should have. Previously, I wrote about how we... Read More

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