Status of Open Philanthropy Project potential causes
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Formal writeup?
Level of depth
Where we stand
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Criminal justice reform
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/criminal-justice-reform
Medium
Top contender; "window of opportunity" with outstanding tractability
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Drug policyNo
Many conversations due to overlap with criminal justice reform and Good Ventures work
We have some involvement, but don't plan to make this a priority cause by itself. We see it as a potential "window of opportunity" cause, but with less humanitarian significance than criminal justice reform (where they do not overlap)
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Marriage equalityNo
Good Ventures has made some grants and had some conversations in this area
Not prioritized; arguably still a "window of opportunity," but seems to be more in the end stages, and opportunities for major counterfactual impact appear limited
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SurveillanceNo
Informal discussion only
Not prioritized; appears to get a reasonable amount of attention given the humanitarian stakes
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Labor mobility
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/labor-mobility
Shallow writeup published, medium-depth in progress
Top contender; "ambitious longshot" with outstanding potential for impact, and appears less crowded than comparably significant causes
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Macroeconomic policy
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/macroeconomic-policy
Medium
Intermediate contender; "ambitious longshot" with outstanding potential for impact, but appears fairly crowded
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Foreign aid and related policy areas
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/advocacy-foreign-aid
Shallow writeup published; we have since had a couple of off-the-record in-depth conversations
Intermediate contender; high importance but somewhat crowded
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Improving democracy
http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Kramer%2012-6-13%20(public).pdf
Reviewed and discussed Hewlett Foundation report
Intermediate contender; we haven't found a policy platform we're optimistic about
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Tax policyForthcoming
Shallow writeup in progress
Probably won't be prioritized; highly important but there seems to be a relatively well-resourced mainstream consensus that we agree with, and change is blocked by political dynamics
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Trade policyNo
Informal discussion only
Not prioritized; does not appear to stand out on any particular dimension
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Defense policyNo
Informal discussion only
Not prioritized; does not appear to stand out on any particular dimension
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Climate change
http://www.givewell.org/shallow/climate-change
Shallow
Not prioritized; highly important but appears highly crowded
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Education policyNo
Informal discussion only
Not prioritized; highly important but appears highly crowded
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Environment policy (aside from climate change)No
Informal discussion only
Not prioritized; does not appear to stand out on any particular dimension
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Health care policyForthcoming
Investigation in progress
TBD
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Redistribution/inequalityForthcoming
Investigation in progress
TBD
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Occupational licensing
http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Mellor%2012-12-13%20(public).pdf
Investigation in progress
Not prioritized; potential "green field" but likely less important than land use reform
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Land use reformForthcoming
Investigation in progress
Intermediate contender; potential "green field" with very little in the way of potential grantees. Moderate importance
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Organ donation
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/organ-transplantation
Shallow-level writeup but Alexander Berger has significant connections/experience in this area
Intermediate contender; potential "green field" with very little in the way of potential grantees. Low to moderate importance
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Improving general quality of state and local policy/political infrastructure
Possibly forthcoming
Future investigation is likely
TBD
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Treatment of animals in industrial agriculture
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/treatment-animals-industrial-agriculture
Shallow writeup complete; medium-depth investigation in progress
Intermediate contender; importance depends heavily on particularly difficult judgment calls; crowdedness also a difficult call, as there are many small organizations
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Intellectual property reform
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/software-patent-reform
Shallow writeup focusing on patent reform; broader investigation in progress
Probably won't be prioritized; doesn't appear to stand out on any particular dimension
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Policy related to global catastrophic risksNo
To revisit in the future after more work on global catastrophic risks generally
Not prioritized for the moment
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Policy related to scientific researchNo
To revisit in the future after more work on scientific research generally
Not prioritized for the moment
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Broadband policy
http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/broadband-policy
Shallow
Probably won't be prioritized; doesn't appear to stand out on any particular dimension
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Promoting savingsForthcoming
Shallow writeup in progress
Probably won't be prioritized; doesn't appear to stand out on any particular dimension
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Alcohol policyForthcoming
Shallow writeup in progress
Intermediate contender; potential "green field" with relatively little in the way of potential grantees. Moderate importance
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