Tagarchief: effective altruism

Climate activism, alarmism and effectiveness

In recent years, climate activism showed a regained interest in direct action and civil disobedience. One example is Extinction Rebellion. In their communication, these direct action groups often appeal to alarmism with doom scenarios about apocalyptic climate change. Direct actions … Lees verder

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Some solutions to utilitarian problems

I have recently written a series of articles about problems in utilitarian ethics that are relevant for effective altruism. A first article describes why I became a utilitarian and what kind of utilitarianism I support (i.e. preference, rule, variable critical … Lees verder

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The large income benefits of migration

This is an English summary of my master’s thesis in policy economics (University of Leuven). The thesis can be downloaded here. Injustice, inefficiency and harm of migration restrictions Unequal pay for equal work, a welfare loss of billions of euros, … Lees verder

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The most important technologies and research disciplines for wild animal welfare

Wild animal suffering is most likely the biggest chunk of suffering in the world in the foreseeable future. Luckily there are important emerging technologies and research disciplines that help improve the welfare of all animals in nature. The three most … Lees verder

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Why I have a career switch: an effective altruist analysis

According to the effective altruist organization 80,000 Hours, our career choice is one of the most important decisions for doing the most good. When it comes to donations, we can be very flexible and easily decide to switch donations towards … Lees verder

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The most serious moral illusion: arbitrary group selection

Moral illusions are spontaneous, intuitive moral judgments that are very persistent, but they violate our deepest moral values. They distract us away from a rational, authentic ethic. Probably the most problematic moral illusion is arbitrary group selection. This moral illusion … Lees verder

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The effectiveness and ethics of unconditional cash transfers

Introduction As a means of poverty reduction, cash transfer programs are strongly increasing in the past two decades (Fiszbein & Shady, 2009; Bastagli, Hagen-Zanker, Harman, Barca, Sturge & Schmidt, 2016). Of those programs, the unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) are gaining … Lees verder

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