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Formal writeup published?
Level of depthLink
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Criminal justice reformYesMedium
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/criminal-justice-reform
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Drug policyNo
Many conversations due to overlap with criminal justice reform and Good Ventures work
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Marriage equalityNo
Good Ventures has made some grants and had some conversations in this area
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SurveillanceNo
Informal discussion only
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Labor mobilityYes
Shallow writeup published, medium-depth in progress
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/labor-mobility
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Macroeconomic policyYesMedium
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/macroeconomic-policy
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Foreign aid and related policy areasYes
Shallow writeup published; we have since had a couple of off-the-record in-depth conversations
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/advocacy-foreign-aid
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Improving democracyNo
Reviewed and discussed Hewlett Foundation report
http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Kramer%2012-6-13%20(public).pdf
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Tax policyNo
Shallow writeup in progress
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Trade policyNo
Informal discussion only
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Defense policyNo
Informal discussion only
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Climate changeYesShallow
http://www.givewell.org/shallow/climate-change
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Education policyNo
Informal discussion only
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Environment policy (aside from climate change)No
Informal discussion only
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Health care policyNo
Informal discussion only
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Redistribution/inequalityNo
Informal discussion only
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Occupational licensingNo
Investigation in progress
http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Mellor%2012-12-13%20(public).pdf
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Zoning reformNo
Investigation in progress
http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Smith%203-13-14%20(public).pdf and http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Metcalf%203-31-14%20(public).pdf
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Organ donationYes
Shallow-level writeup but Alexander Berger has significant connections/experience in this area
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/organ-transplantation
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Improving the general quality of policy analysis available to state-level governments
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Future investigation is likely
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Treatment of animals in industrial agricultureYes
Shallow writeup complete; medium-depth investigation in progress
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/treatment-animals-industrial-agriculture
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Intellectual property reformYes
Shallow writeup focusing on patent reform
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/software-patent-reform
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Policy related to global catastrophic risksNo
To revisit in the future after more work on global catastrophic risks generally
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Policy related to scientific researchNo
To revisit in the future after more work on scientific research generally
http://www.givewell.org/files/conversations/Alberts%201-29-14%20(public).pdf and http://www.givewell.org/files/conversations/Bhaven%20Sampat%2005-02-13%20(public).pdf
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Broadband policyYesShallow
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/broadband-policy
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