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CausePriorityGoalLink
More public content planned at the moment?
Sub-areas of primary interest
VenuesImportance (click for analysis)TractabilityCrowdednessNeed for a full-time specialist
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Criminal justice reform1Make cause-specific hire
http://www.givewell.org/files/labs/Issue%20writeups%20for%20Nov.%2010%20meeting.docx - see page 2-11
No
Research, state & local advocacy infrastructure, work on prosecutorial discretion
State, local, federal
Moderate
Unusual window of opportunity
ModerateHigh
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Macroeconomic stabilization policy
1Make cause-specific hire
www.givewell.org/labs/causes/macroeconomic-policy
No
Non-traditional research; policy analysis and advocacy
FederalHigh
Highly uncertain
LowHigh
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Labor mobility2
Infrastructure-building grant(s), preferably major, or getting to the point where we could make a full-time hire
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/labor-mobility
More information on academic literature (regarding impacts of migration) forthcoming
Research, policy analysis, advocacy
FederalVery highAppears lowVery lowLow
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Land use reform2
Infrastructure-building grant(s), preferably major, or getting to the point where we could make a full-time hire
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/land-use-reform
No
Research, policy analysis, advocacy
State, local, regional
Moderate
Highly uncertain
Very lowLow
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Factory farming2
More cause investigation, focused on the prospects for research on meat alternatives
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/treatment-animals-industrial-agriculture
Medium writeup forthcoming
Research on meat alternatives; attitude and behavior change; corporate advocacy
State, local, federal
Depends heavily on value judgments
Highly uncertain
LowModerate
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Marijuana policy2
More cause investigation, focused on the public health impacts of various legalization options
http://www.goodventures.org/research-and-ideas/blog/observations-on-the-war-on-drugs
Shallow writeup forthcoming
Research, policy analysis, advocacy
State & federalLow-moderate
Unusual window of opportunity
LowModerate
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Foreign aid policy3
Specific grantee(s) in mind if we allocated enough time
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/advocacy-foreign-aid
No
Value for money and other work related to reallocation of existing aid
FederalHigh
Highly uncertain
ModerateModerate
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Soil lead reduction3
Specific grantee(s) in mind if we allocated enough time
-
Shallow writeup forthcoming
Research
State, local, federal
Moderate
Highly uncertain
Very lowLow
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Tax policy4
Specific grantee(s) in mind if we allocated enough time
http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Gale%203-28-14%20(public).pdf
Shallow writeup forthcoming
Research, policy analysis
FederalHighAppears lowModerateModerate
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Alcohol policy4
Specific grantee(s) in mind if we allocated enough time
http://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/cause-reports/alcohol-taxation
NoAdvocacy
State, local, federal
Moderate
Highly uncertain
LowLow
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Organ donation4Grant maintenance
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/organ-transplantation
NoAdvocacyFederalLow-moderate
Highly uncertain
Very lowLow
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State and local advocacy/powerbuilding
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More cause investigation, beyond shallow level of current work
-
Shallow investigation in progress
TBDState, localHigh
Highly uncertain
UncertainUncertain
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Paid sick days5
More cause investigation, beyond shallow level of current work
-
Shallow investigation in progress
Advocacy
State, local, federal
Moderate
Highly uncertain
ModerateModerate
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Wage theft5
More cause investigation, beyond shallow level of current work
-
Shallow investigation in progress
Advocacy
State, local, federal
Moderate
Highly uncertain
ModerateModerate
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Intellectual property reform6
More cause investigation, beyond shallow level of current work
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/software-patent-reform
Shallow investigation in progress
TBDFederalModerate
Highly uncertain
ModerateModerate
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Other redistribution/inequality/economic security (including apprenticeships)
6
More cause investigation, beyond shallow level of current work
-TBDTBD
State, local, federal
High
Highly uncertain
ModerateModerate
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Health care policy6
More cause investigation, beyond shallow level of current work
-
Shallow investigation in progress
TBD; scope of practice and licensing issues
State, local, federal
High
Highly uncertain
HighHigh
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Low-skill occupational licensing
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Monitoring cause but unlikely to enter soon
http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Mellor%2012-12-13%20(public).pdf
Shallow writeup forthcoming
TBDState, local
Low-moderate, maybe lower
Highly uncertain
LowModerate
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Civil legal assistance7
Monitoring cause but unlikely to enter soon
-
Shallow writeup forthcoming
TBD
State, local, federal
Low-moderate, maybe lower
Highly uncertain
ModerateModerate
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Other rent seeking7
Monitoring cause but unlikely to enter soon
http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Teles%206-12-13%20%28public%29.pdf
NoTBD
State, local, federal
Highly uncertain
Highly uncertain
UncertainModerate
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Improving democracy7
Monitoring cause but unlikely to enter soon
http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Kramer%2012-6-13%20(public).pdf
NoTBD
State, local, federal
High
Highly uncertain
HighModerate
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Broadband policy8
Not prioritized; doesn't appear to stand out on any particular dimension
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/broadband-policy
No-
State, local, federal
Low-moderate
Highly uncertain
ModerateModerate
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Climate change8
Not prioritized; highly important but appears highly crowded
http://www.givewell.org/shallow/climate-change
No-
State, local, federal
High
Highly uncertain
HighHigh
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