EAG 2017 London: Prioritisation and economics (Max Dalton)

Note: There’s a casual conversation that overlaps with the speaker during the first couple of minutes, probably because someone forgot to turn off a microphone.

Prioritisation research asks lots of different types of questions (moral and empirical, theoretical and applied). First, I argue that economics can provide a structure for thinking about these prioritisation problems. This highlights that prioritisation is even more difficult than it might intuitively seem. Second, economics could benefit from being a bit more like prioritisation research. In particular, it should be more strategic in the ways it simplifies things.

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).

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