Mehmood, Sultan, Naseer, Shaheen and Chen, Daniel L. (2022) Training Effective Altruism. TSE Working Paper, n. 22-1390, Toulouse

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Randomizing different schools of thought –via a month-long training– finds that training deputy ministers in effective altruism renders 0.4-0.6 standard deviations increase in altruism. Treated ministers increased mentalizing of others: blood donations doubled, but only when blood banks requested their exact blood type. Perspective-taking in strategic dilemmas improved. Orphanage visits and volunteering in impoverished schools also increased. We then trace the impact of the training on their policymaking: one year after training, amid official duties, ministers were 50-100% more likely to choose social policies and recommend over 4-fold additional funding for them. Overall, our results underscore that effective altruism may be a parsimonious foundation for formation of prosociality, even impacting the behavior of adults in the field and their high-stakes policymaking

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: December 2022
Place of Publication: Toulouse
JEL Classification: D64 - Altruism
D73 - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
J01 - Labor Economics - General
J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
M50 - General
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 08:36
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 07:42
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