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How much does it cost to roll-out a vaccine?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. We previously estimated the cost of developing a vaccine  from scratch to be $460M to $1.9B with a mean of $960M. However, this still does not tell us the full cost of a vaccine, because developing a vaccine... Read More
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How much does it cost to research and develop a vaccine?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. Previously, we estimated how long it takes to research and develop a vaccine  and came up with a conclusion that it would take “an average of 29 years [to develop a] typical vaccine, though with high uncertainty based... Read More
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What is Animal Farming in Rural Zambia Like? A Site Visit

Factory farming in the United States and other developed countries is no doubt terrible . And while other developing countries are catching up in their sophistication , it is not clear yet what factory farming is like in the least developed parts of the developing world where most aid is... Read More
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Four Organizations EAs Should Fully Fund for 2018

As an EA, I’ve tried to make my mark by earning to give and doing enough direct work to understand the organizations I’m giving to and find outstanding giving opportunities that are neglected by others. Based on my thinking, I’m going to be donating to Charity Science Health , Rethink... Read More
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Is EA Growing? Some EA Growth Metrics for 2017

This post was co-authored by Peter Hurford and Joey Savoie.   The EA Survey team at Rethink Charity (including myself) recently released initial data from the 2017 EA Survey  and will have more to follow it up. KBog made a comment on the EA Forum  noticing that the 2015 EA... Read More
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How long does it take to research and develop a new vaccine?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. Interventions related to vaccines seem to be highly cost-effective. The World Health Organization calls vaccines “one of the most powerful and cost-effective of all health interventions." ( WHO, 2009 , pXIV) and the Copenhagen Consensus says that "[v]accination... Read More
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Can we apply start-up investing principles to non-profits?

How do you find the best non-profits to donate to? This is an important question that is critical to effective altruism. One suggestion comes from Holden Karnofsky at the Open Philanthropy Project, who describes a strategy called “hits-based giving” . In this framework, you make a number of investments, some... Read More
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The 2017 Effective Altruism Survey - Please Take!

This year, the EA Survey volunteer team is proud to announce the launch of the 2017 Effective Altruism Survey . - PLEASE TAKE THIS SURVEY NOW! :) If you're short on time and you've taken the survey in prior years, you can take an abridged donations-only version of the survey... Read More
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How do EA Orgs Account for Uncertainty in their Analysis?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford, Kathryn Mecrow, and Simon Beard[1].   Effective altruism is about figuring out how to do the most good ; when working with limited resources, whether financial or otherwise, and faced with opportunity costs, how do we measure the good of the impact of... Read More
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How Should I Spend My Time?

Back in 2013, I was in my final year of college and wanted to think seriously about what I do. I drafted up 11 initial options (though I now feel like my initial list was kind of shortsighted), narrowed it down to 5 options that I more thoroughly assessed ,... Read More

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