The Hidden Zero Problem: Effective Altruism and Barriers to Marginal Impact

@inproceedings{Budolfson2019TheHZ,
  title={The Hidden Zero Problem: Effective Altruism and Barriers to Marginal Impact},
  author={Mark Budolfson and Dean Spears},
  year={2019}
}
  • Mark Budolfson, Dean Spears
  • Published 2019
  • Economics
  • Suppose for the sake of argument that practitioners of effective altruism (EA) are completely correct about the amount of good done by their top charities. Is there is any further reason to worry that giving to these charities is not an effective way of doing good? It turns out that there is, and a real-world illustration of the worry is based on the fact that several billionaires closely follow the recommendations of EA, and make commitments to “top up” the revenues of the handful of charities… CONTINUE READING

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