Do you ever donate money to a charitable cause? If you do, how do you choose what cause to favour? The Scottish philosopher William MacAskill says that we are generally quite bad at regarding donations as investments, choosing with our hearts rather than with our brains. Suppose you want to do differently and make sure that the money you donate will be used as efficiently as possible, is it even possible to find evidence-based social programs?
Last autumn William came to talk at our research seminar series, and after the seminar, our director Gustaf Arrhenius took the opportunity to talk to him about effective altruism.