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Alexander Berger @albrgr San Francisco, CA

Managing director at @open_phil. Views are my own.

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Joined Twitter 3/5/11


Wow: this account from @CassSunstein on the power of animal agriculture to silence debate on animal welfare. Here… https://t.co/NpvYFsMsu4
Retweeted by Alexander Berger🚨🚨🚨 National procurement offices & generic drug markets are failing to deliver affordable, quality medicines in lo… https://t.co/IGcI41eztL
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @StuartBuck1 Would be genuinely interesting to look for some survey research on this; I haven’t. Will let you know if I do :) @StuartBuck1 I think playing out the DA analogue more would be illustrative; not clear to me that differences over… https://t.co/57MRdzeXeG @StuartBuck1 Yeah, I like it! As we’ve covered previously, I think “evidence-based policy” can often end up with a… https://t.co/CAO2PeAPPu
6/18
2019
Interesting thread and paper https://t.co/A2J5gpWlSyAs global markets for generic drugs fail, poor people pay the price https://t.co/6xgjfzPftt via @statnews
Retweeted by Alexander BergerFun conversation today with @sam_a_bell and @IrvingSwisher on the show about their work with @employamerica. We dis… https://t.co/85QhStCEck
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6/17
2019
End single-family zoning https://t.co/QNZJlHnxwG
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6/16
2019
@oso @NormaAltshuler @DaveEvansPhD Yeah, me too! An interesting disagreement.Must read: Chris Elmendorf, @CSElmendorf, just dropped a new piece in @RegulationMag building out his work on refor… https://t.co/dIEuBlFTad
Retweeted by Alexander BergerHow unlikely was this large a discrepancy between the two debates, given the DNC's stratified randomization methodo… https://t.co/v3wdDSuSwD
Retweeted by Alexander BergerFull endorsement! The Best Candidate to Replace Mario Draghi https://t.co/7I9TkvtUAx
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @oso @NormaAltshuler @DaveEvansPhD If I see an information intervention come across my desk, should my reaction be,… https://t.co/mj29wxMwMH @oso @NormaAltshuler @DaveEvansPhD An example I was discussing yesterday was how much we should expect improvements… https://t.co/gZWWZonLDt @oso It's interesting you see it this way! I think of debating worldviews as super useful for decision-makers. I fe… https://t.co/8uEhWah0qL @ChrisProttas That's awesome, congrats! Out of curiosity, would you have been able to do the pilot anyway without the restricted funding?
6/14
2019
As legislation to allow #patents on genes & much else (laws of nature?!) moves along, a who's who of >80 scientists… https://t.co/ToLZkwpZnf
Retweeted by Alexander BergerNew paper with @melissaleesands: We study reactions to everyday inequality with field experiment & high-res observa… https://t.co/AjkL3aHiOP
Retweeted by Alexander BergerYes, Information Alone Really Can Change Behavior https://t.co/9z1vu91egd My latest blog post: Information-only i… https://t.co/DE78Wd369t
Retweeted by Alexander BergerHistoric Dylan Matthews-Torbjörn Tännsjö summit https://t.co/hNOmvm7wkj
Retweeted by Alexander BergerTo mitigate bias in the criminal justice system, we (including @ItsMrLin, @LX_CW, @JoeNudell, and @5harad at… https://t.co/Ex6yrAfPtc
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @azadag @surlyurbanist I share the conceptual skepticism... I don't follow your second sentence - mind restating? @azadag @surlyurbanist Cool, thanks for sharing! Agree there’s no lack of turnover-induced reprioritization towards… https://t.co/fvhSSwqifx @azadag @surlyurbanist Curious - have you guys followed the underlying program at all/have a view about whether the… https://t.co/0fz7Z3Dhka
6/13
2019
German population in East and West from 1871 to 2018 (1936=100). This chart is just mind-boggling. https://t.co/mLEwi5Ns7o
Retweeted by Alexander BergerPaul Collier's latest is just... wow. tl;dr Immigrants from poor countries lack a belief system of common purpose… https://t.co/pHQkFbnEPG
Retweeted by Alexander BergerJMP in print at the Journal of Finance! *takes deep breath* Let me tell you about my job market paper https://t.co/BEaEvZwJKJ
Retweeted by Alexander BergerNice profile of @IrvingSwisher @ranavain & @sam_a_bell's new group @employamerica (FD, a grantee): https://t.co/zstueY2ezDThis new paper "The Standard Errors of Persistence" by Morgan Kelly tests 27 of the most famous "Legacy" or "Histo… https://t.co/4FbwjNXA8p
Retweeted by Alexander BergerCool paper and program! Cost-benefit seems like bit of an open q though; reported number is based on assuming resul… https://t.co/LtYn1XqfhHA careful observational study by Saravana Ravindran of the longer term impacts of a large ECD program in India. Evi… https://t.co/HmoKB9TWpt
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6/12
2019
Fun to see government work so well.I missed this updated NASA report on the cost-benefit of extending the search for more near-earth asteroids:… https://t.co/siEbaVCFU2So Google funded an extensive, well-conducted experimental review of the reported conditions for "cold fusion" - an… https://t.co/fizMUzcp1v
Retweeted by Alexander BergerGood morning, housing twitter! Here's an essential read to accompany your coffee: a terrific new study on apartment… https://t.co/8OU1zUOguz
Retweeted by Alexander BergerAn excellent analysis by Brian Mittendorf, aka @CountingCharity, of the Fidelity DAF lawsuit. So much about DAFs i… https://t.co/4JZgCPrd1v
Retweeted by Alexander BergerMy @IndianExpress op-ed on impact of methodological changes on India's GDP growth post 2011-12. Reported annual ave… https://t.co/YvOl6UTOY8
Retweeted by Alexander BergerCosponsorship networks reveal a majority winning coalition in the House & Senate that has recently become exclusive… https://t.co/H6oqSakbEf
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6/11
2019
@jim_savage_ Thanks Jim. You are far too kind!Scientific Research Program Officers Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville explain our grant and investment to Sherlo… https://t.co/5LbgocWp9U
Retweeted by Alexander BergerSo all you have to do in order to ignore painful ant stings is to live with them for several million years - insigh… https://t.co/9oqPQFv0EX
Retweeted by Alexander BergerToday's blog covers my new work with @leoiacovone & Bill Maloney comparing one-on-one vs small group-based consulti… https://t.co/5ks7zKeLKi
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6/10
2019
Big story about YouTube and far-right extremism in the NYT today, supporting the "algorithm theory" of radicalizati… https://t.co/Twf2hHCteU
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6/9
2019
Electoral polls consistently have way more error than simple random sampling would imply - research from… https://t.co/PJI25WKvBbFun paper from 1995: Five-Hundred Live-Saving Interventions and Their Cost-Effectiveness https://t.co/amMkJ2u1ci (m… https://t.co/9TRotf9zWSOh, @kateredburn’s piece on zoning and family law is out in print! https://t.co/tTqx20MuX7
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @davidshor It’s a cool paper but not actually an rct, right?Political consultants are motivated by gaining esteem & positions within the field & judge strategies less by meas… https://t.co/lNVrCy4yXw
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6/8
2019
I've been following Evidence Action's No Lean Season for a while. I'm honestly crushed that it's cancelled. But the… https://t.co/3z4fckEcC7
Retweeted by Alexander BergerArtificially restricted housing supply is the real economic tapeworm, part 63: https://t.co/F3KFQ7fTSC. https://t.co/oxA5zor6jM
Retweeted by Alexander BergerUSAID Development Innovation Ventures is hiring someone highly experienced in impact evaluation to join its leaders… https://t.co/oQjfMWCRsL
Retweeted by Alexander BergerEach Facebook user in Asia generates $11 of advertising revenue a year, compared with $112 for a North American one… https://t.co/LKVDK8DiGH
Retweeted by Alexander BergerDifferent researchers examining the same data to test the same hypothesis came to different conclusions. https://t.co/E1VDLT86Hi
Retweeted by Alexander BergerInteresting interview https://t.co/lfDKEe3hF1Wow. Results after 2 years from the first RCT of a large-scale government school feeding program in Africa show B… https://t.co/j7QH8jzgol
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6/7
2019
If you passed the LIFT+ Act and the American Family Act, you’d have a $3,000 cash guarantee for every person in the… https://t.co/712Pu0F4N1
Retweeted by Alexander BergerIf you care about holding prosecutors accountable for mass incarceration, please make sure to read the new law just… https://t.co/5ypVpDkIFF
Retweeted by Alexander BergerReady for #jobsday? new @hamiltonproj analysis looking at the “Sahm rule” (from @Claudia_Sahm ‘s new proposal). She… https://t.co/Q1V7qomXHk
Retweeted by Alexander BergerTough update, cool transparency https://t.co/KN8uG0ozBxYou know you're getting predictable when your wife texts you new papers based on your RD obsession. Love you… https://t.co/JJEht56bUDManagers may not be overoptimistic, but they are overconfident. https://t.co/wvOuMoau0r https://t.co/VmMEQXxGtM
Retweeted by Alexander BergerNew @noahpinion column makes the case for more fiscal automatic stabilizers & highlights @Claudia_Sahm 's new… https://t.co/EjtB6DW6uG
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @jhaushofer @mattyglesias @JohnArnoldFndtn @dylanmatt At launch: https://t.co/CRqMBBMQgH. Google results show some… https://t.co/m2hfzxi6nhA strong majority of Californians — and a majority of diverse demographic groups, including homeowners — support al… https://t.co/tUNcQzKUgH
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @mattyglesias @JohnArnoldFndtn tried! @dylanmatt should do a story following up on what they learned!2020 Senate Dems will be helped by continued anti-Trump attitudes & organizing & a better map, but perhaps not enou… https://t.co/Jd4Fs0PY5J
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThis is very good news for researchers ---> “It has been decided to make the unit-level data available free of co… https://t.co/40pNmE1RDZ
Retweeted by Alexander BergerVery interesting. https://t.co/PQymLQ8Pfo
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6/6
2019
as machine learning & AI systems are increasing in popularity, we are right to be concerned about the security of s… https://t.co/XeQnCZOISH
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThis thought brought to you by my commute listening to @CAHousingPod, which had a story about the Assembly openly w… https://t.co/QijKnQ0W7pIt must be normal, but every time I hear about how interest groups work in the CA leg it seems nuts. Random organiz… https://t.co/RYha85rrErThe Indian sterilization atrocity of 1975-1977 is not as well-known as it should be in the US, esp. given how impor… https://t.co/M7HMeajg2V
Retweeted by Alexander BergerAmen @yghitza, amen https://t.co/E0S2UUHQ7H https://t.co/QIB0QXSFEk
Retweeted by Alexander BergerWeird https://t.co/oLYxB9tzR4100 years ago today, the US Senate passed the #19thAmendment. @Marketplace with a great little piece on the funding… https://t.co/ih8kgosNPg
Retweeted by Alexander BergerInteresting reading on philanthropy and the Giving Pledge: https://t.co/INXlo5GyfL
Retweeted by Alexander Berger"Absent the zero lower bound, we estimate that normal Fed level policy would have led to a Fed funds rate of approx… https://t.co/lW6ik1TI76
Retweeted by Alexander BergerNew on Multiple Views: First two posts in @mjskay's and my series on uncertainty visualization We start with what w… https://t.co/ya4D1AJPpt
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6/5
2019
I know I'm a few days late on this, but this @ATabarrok post on Baumols cost disease, https://t.co/i7zd3ThhtM, is a… https://t.co/CHFK9PY2A1
Retweeted by Alexander Berger2. Maarten Goos presented his work with @JamesBessen & colleagues using firm-employee matched data to estimate the… https://t.co/aaGBbziG7f
Retweeted by Alexander BergerSCAG has released a proposed regional RHNA methodology that deliberately evades state law (SB 828). My summary is h… https://t.co/bNq6HoKjja
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6/4
2019
@otis_reid Why? Couldn’t networks be positive sum?That seems... high. (But cool ID strategy. I didn’t read the paper.) https://t.co/Ti86PxNN62The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials… https://t.co/8LYECPgeKF
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6/3
2019
The #womeninmacro conference continues with Christina Patterson, PHD candidate at @MITEcon, who’s talking to us abo… https://t.co/RjV9PmmWEw
Retweeted by Alexander Bergeroh hey it's the best magazine article ever https://t.co/WM91I1ZNyn https://t.co/vRSfILKBSf
Retweeted by Alexander BergerImportant work showing that campaigns can massively reduce support for complex ballot initiatives:… https://t.co/gJOyavXeD0
Retweeted by Alexander Bergerlobbying by firms expecting losses from cap & trade was more effective than lobbying by firms expecting gains; lobb… https://t.co/nmP9l8Jjv0
Retweeted by Alexander BergerWe have a new full-time field research job opening in Nigeria with @poverty_action! Study is on irregular migration… https://t.co/6Yamr3YS80
Retweeted by Alexander BergerNew study estimates effect of new apartment construction on nearby properties In brief, new apts: - *Lower* nearb… https://t.co/UO0KOU0XKz
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6/1
2019
"Government officials should also tone down their rhetoric about an AI arms race, since such talk could easily beco… https://t.co/qDexExyRgh
Retweeted by Alexander BergerGreat yield curve discussion from @neelkashkari. He ends it on a smart note: "Deciphering the many signals from fin… https://t.co/i6FH35v26p
Retweeted by Alexander BergerToday in @washingtonpost, @LHSummers and I respond to @MarcoRubio's report on American Investment in the 21st Centu… https://t.co/7KyZ95hYOR
Retweeted by Alexander BergerOn the reading list: @atabarrok on the Baumol effect in #health care (it's the relative prices in the economy, it's… https://t.co/dpoMWdKzWE
Retweeted by Alexander BergerLarry Krasner is one of several newly-elected DAs trying to reform the criminal justice system. What effects have h… https://t.co/ojwNlH9g1Q
Retweeted by Alexander BergerMy take on lessons for monetary policy from the past 10 years is now up in the Cato Journal. Fed should be more agg… https://t.co/KT1jDKcagN
Retweeted by Alexander BergerWow https://t.co/JKfW3bH0A6
Retweeted by Alexander BergerJudy Shelton does what I would not have thought possible. She falls well below Cain or Moore as a potential… https://t.co/dfN98U6bNP
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5/31
2019
When you hit that kush a little too hard -SB 50 postponed -AB 724 watered down and held -AB 36, SB 529 killed -AB 1… https://t.co/mq8BbGoPLh
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5/30
2019

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