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Research scoping discussion spaces
15 Aug 2023: We are organizing some meetings and working groups, and building some private spaces ... where we are discussing 'which specified research themes and papers/projects we should prioritize for UJ evaluation.'
Research we prioritize, and short comments and ratings on its prioritization is currently maintained in our Airtable database (under 'crucial_research'). We consider 'who covers and monitors what' (in our core team) in the 'mapping_work' table). This exercise suggested some loose teams and projects. I link some (private) Gdocs for those project discussions below. We aim to make a useful discussion version/interface public when this is feasible.
Some of the content in the sections below will overlap.
- 2.'Impactful, Neglected, Evaluation-Tractable' work in the global health & RCT-driven intervention-relevant part of development economics
- 3.Mental health and happiness; HLI suggestions
- 4.Givewell specific recommendations and projects
- 5.Governance/political science
- 6.Global poverty: Macro, institutions, growth, market structure
- 7.Evidence-based policy organizations, their own assessments and syntheses (e.g., 3ie)
- 8.How to consider and incorporate adjacent work in epidemiology and medicine
- 1.Syllabi (and ~agendas): Economics and global priorities (and adjacent work)
- 2.Microeconomic theory and its applications? When/what to consider?
- 1.The economics of animal welfare (market-focused; 'ag econ'), implications for policy
- 2.Attitudes towards animals/animal welfare; behavior change and 'go veg' campaigns
- 3.Impact of political and corporate campaigns
- 1.Environmental economics and policy
- 2.Moral psychology/psychology of altruism and moral circles
- 1.Innovation, R&D, broad technological progress
- 2.Meta-science and scientific productivity
- 3.Social impact of AI (and other technology)
- 4.Techno-economic analysis of impactful products (e.g., cellular meat, geo-engineering)
- 1.Pandemics and other biological risks
- 2.Artificial intelligence; AI governance and strategy (is this in the UJ wheelhouse?)
- 3.International cooperation and conflict
- 1.Long term population, growth, macroeconomics
- 2.Normative/welfare economics and philosophy (should we cover this?)
- 3.Empirical methods (should we consider some highly-relevant subset, e.g., meta-analysis?)