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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


Great day to give a good old-fashioned #ff to @sam_a_bell for his diligence on looking up the background of Fed nominees
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Retweeted by Alexander BergerNo one: Dylan: do you ever wonder how we go about making moral decisions everyday without knowing how to solve the… https://t.co/q57cPywmVG
Retweeted by Alexander BergerIf you are, like me, often ponder over the question of why DNN with so many parameters can generalize without sever… https://t.co/CXuWx0gta6
Retweeted by Alexander BergerIBM had a policy to fire any woman who got married and never hire married women until 1951, just like most firms an… https://t.co/uKBRC8yZoU
Retweeted by Alexander Berger"I won the Nobel Prize in economics for my work on unemployment and the labor market. But I am unqualified to serve… https://t.co/QIRsfHmMjN
Retweeted by Alexander BergerScoop on how this went down: At lunch last week, Kudlow showed Trump Stephen Moore’s op-ed in WSJ. Trump said: Why… https://t.co/BKchCi57zz
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Retweeted by Alexander BergerWhy philanthropy needs a robust, funded public sector: my review of @robreich's Just Giving (w/ mention of… https://t.co/dGxJyAMGCT
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3/22
2019
Something I hope Democrats take away from the Trump years is that Fed appointment really really really matter. You… https://t.co/eeX0HkxvrA
Retweeted by Alexander BergerIf I wanted to learn how the world might get more elite open-source scientific software developers (not tools!), who should I talk to?
Retweeted by Alexander BergerShameless plug for my paper with Dave Donaldson & Arnaud Costinot where we find exactly this. In agriculture, the U… https://t.co/IFz81lBLvY
Retweeted by Alexander BergerPeople at the San Francisco Planning Commission saying SF doesn't need any upzoning for density while jobs continu… https://t.co/8EhESNZdkX
Retweeted by Alexander BergerOf course the real reason the Electoral College is good is because it requires people to carefully consider how err… https://t.co/wUdFGfxD7C
Retweeted by Alexander BergerAlthough @rodrikdani coauthored a riposte to this story (in fact with @arvindsubraman!) years ago that I really l… https://t.co/a01Gtc0GsP
Retweeted by Alexander BergerPeople talk about how getting rid of the electoral college will mean too much focus on places like "LA". Donald Tru… https://t.co/e1C92Jeky3
Retweeted by Alexander Bergerquestion: have you ever had a great experience with onboarding at a new company? what made it so good?
Retweeted by Alexander BergerInteresting piece in VOX by @dylanmatt on the academic papers behind higher income taxation, building among others… https://t.co/Bhp2pMNCRV
Retweeted by Alexander BergerMeet Brisbane Mayor Madison Davis. She's 27 and lives at home with her parents because she can’t afford a place of… https://t.co/Djapi5cUai
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3/20
2019
🚨🚨New working paper released: The Power of the IUD: Effects of Expanding Access to Contraception Through Title X Cl… https://t.co/GZUkkjKmCM
Retweeted by Alexander BergerHow about a national wealth tax? You can now simulate how much revenue it would collect & who would be affected i… https://t.co/hKvRlT64kB
Retweeted by Alexander BergerDo not miss my friend and co-author @arvindsubraman's response to our @BostonReview piece https://t.co/8TaDcZT5JZ.… https://t.co/rAWo2AAg3X
Retweeted by Alexander BergerWhat links the Seattle and Minneapolis changes is a focus on citywide reforms rather than seriatim amendments, a pr… https://t.co/KQo9RFWTdg
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThis is a pretty big deal: facing a housing crisis, Seattle just voted to upzone 27 neighborhoods to allow for more… https://t.co/my6x1ZMAfZ
Retweeted by Alexander BergerLabor market slack twitter, activate! Interesting piece by @joshbivens_DC comparing the performance of the unemploy… https://t.co/mcakgVviCS
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3/19
2019
0 questions about inflation target at @DallasFed listening event. Lots of questions about jobs/wages. https://t.co/AsGVJhrQPN
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThis thread is like a @tomfriedman cab driver story but actually good https://t.co/If8zwvO8NK @BenSoskis @AdamHSays Enjoyed chatting about Berea with noted alum @gyude_moore this week! Cool model.
3/18
2019
Really excited to announce our (Pierre Dragicevic, Yvonne Jansen, @abhsarma, me, @zirtech) paper on Explorable Mult… https://t.co/eOoHj65D1w
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3/17
2019
@robreich Nope, much to my chagrin: "Fee-based memberships do not include off-campus access to online resources."bleg: is there a way as an independent researcher to effectively buy online access to a university library with gre… https://t.co/r64ygPYEDa
Retweeted by Alexander BergerLiked this post on equitable parenting a lot: https://t.co/jSbVVBCaLg. For dads, "need to aim for doing >50% of the… https://t.co/NpBmi2ytCfExciting new working paper from @btshapir, Gunter Hitsch and Anna Tucman on generalizability of TV advertising effe… https://t.co/OmaWaKLxsf
Retweeted by Alexander BergerSome great replies here https://t.co/37v6EhUeJwNew work from @annemscheel et al on rate of positive results in Registered Reports vs regular articles… https://t.co/a17PHPsrSc
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3/15
2019
"My own chief worry is that policymakers mistakenly take the 'secular' part of stagnation so seriously that they sn… https://t.co/PZEgcuDkux
Retweeted by Alexander BergerForthcoming in the QJE: School improvement grants + teacher incentives worked better than either of them alone. Fi… https://t.co/4SPIGO8jgg
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @davidshor @dillonliam We literally can’t get anything approved for the land right now, which I’m gonna call the cr… https://t.co/pInXhRMu1vIs calling 'Why Nations Fail" type of research “Wikipedia with regressions” an insult to Wikipedia? https://t.co/UXZrTvC4rM @BrankoMilan
Retweeted by Alexander BergerA chef’s kiss in the we-love-homeless-people-BUT genre https://t.co/EaFArBr5Yr https://t.co/yHcwyPn7Ri
Retweeted by Alexander BergerWhomst is now working for @ggwash? Yes! The famous @alexbaca, owner of an entire meme/objective pronoun, is our new… https://t.co/3DBfySy8yV
Retweeted by Alexander BergerBecause the sun sets at different times during the year, one can examine the racial composition of stopped drivers… https://t.co/ymJsiveAK4
Retweeted by Alexander BergerTo assess racial disparities in police interactions, we compiled & analyzed a dataset detailing nearly 100 million… https://t.co/XCaWERDW3Y
Retweeted by Alexander BergerSen. Ron Wyden, a Stanford graduate, proposes to curb "corrupt system" of elite college admissions by ending deduct… https://t.co/tC0fNuQOi5
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3/14
2019
@M_C_Klein @davidmwessel Hutchins or some other Brookings center (@JayCShambaugh?) should start a rival poll with better questions!
3/13
2019
Updated paper from @BrendanNyhan, my 2016 seminar classmates, and I on "summary fact-checking"--comprehensive asses… https://t.co/nXTYxxEodq
Retweeted by Alexander Bergerthe 2 states with the lowest unemployment rate in the country (2.4%) are the first 2 primary states: Iowa and New H… https://t.co/BNOXsadB3O
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3/12
2019
Maximum America https://t.co/hHTVvvidA2
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @ryancbriggs Oh yeah agreed. I was hoping there would be some program, eg for local biotech companies or something,… https://t.co/GWW3rI9pLf @ryancbriggs Yeah, that's what I expect, but I wish I could do it at larger scale in a more transparent exchange for money :)bleg: is there a way as an independent researcher to effectively buy online access to a university library with gre… https://t.co/r64ygPYEDaWe should stop guessing when the next recession will hit and start asking Presidential candidates what they will do… https://t.co/nU2m4HL0LH
Retweeted by Alexander BergerAn interesting case of how research may, or may not, influence philanthropic strategy. This evidence is hitting at… https://t.co/XOCBdgviSA
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3/11
2019
"'One of the things that keeps me up at night ... is the challenge of hiring our workforce in a strong economy with… https://t.co/UaMUqYjlGI
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThis is your semi regular reminder that among players who have been admitted to the NBA, height has no association… https://t.co/HoXge6GPYk
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3/10
2019
In case you missed it-- my favorite part of Activation Atlases (https://t.co/AymKSbJjgy) is this novel method of ge… https://t.co/z7Nw6094bD
Retweeted by Alexander BergerI love it when other people do my job for me. (PS, we aren’t punishing you for having good schools— we are rewardi… https://t.co/mCcQp8Ww7o
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @oso Fwiw, the political scientists I follow on here seemed to really disagree with this take. E.g.: https://t.co/kZzuY9CNfZtight(er) labor markets ftw https://t.co/3EJrAF2vm8 good article by @byHeatherLong https://t.co/dJEvvyKHy0
Retweeted by Alexander BergerToday’s @matt_levine is even better than usual: https://t.co/CHD2IMZpLM
3/9
2019
Great list of great papers on financial inclusion by women economists. Thank you @timothyogden for including me in… https://t.co/l9k5jdkgxW
Retweeted by Alexander BergerOk, I now believe that GPT-2 is general intelligence. Prompt I gave it is highlighted. https://t.co/XNBNWBejqX
Retweeted by Alexander BergerInteresting (fairly skeptical) thoughts on impact investing for farm animal welfare from @Lewis_Bollard: https://t.co/RJjSVpZLoQNational 2020 Democratic candidate preferences are mostly name identification & not driven by ideology https://t.co/eB1nCMhxzF
Retweeted by Alexander BergerSF Planning: “SB 50 is likely to result in significantly greater housing production across all density controlled d… https://t.co/l7cHJYJ5lX
Retweeted by Alexander BergerA lot of discussions of non-economic inequality would benefit from thinking harder about the leveling down objectio… https://t.co/7syPVq1eDB
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3/8
2019
.@JamesSnowdenCEA on why @GiveWell is a great place to work: https://t.co/qza8BWaPsW They're hiring!Four veteran Fed economists examined find a tight labor market yields better relative employment outcomes for women… https://t.co/ytqGclpbwr
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @mattyglesias @MattZeitlin It true https://t.co/5mhOoAcPlY
Retweeted by Alexander Berger18. For me the learning process transformed my view of giving a kidney from a huge risky sacrifice I would make wit… https://t.co/ZZZ2A2m6JP
Retweeted by Alexander Berger1. 6 months ago I gave my dad a kidney. At first I was conflicted. Once I understood the facts, it was a no-brainer… https://t.co/qYwDswR2Io
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThis is, IMO, the key graph from @fhgferreira today's presentation on global poverty. Whatever poverty line between… https://t.co/JKnTNiIs1d
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3/7
2019
This is gorgeous. And it is chipping away at an important (& extremely difficult) problem, trying to understand how… https://t.co/aqDo0eNKrJ
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @jim_savage_ Jim I am so into you working in philanthropy! This #content is so #relatableBad (but typical) advice: "Listen to people with totally different views from yours” Better advice: "Listen to peo… https://t.co/hLPrBjtxMc
Retweeted by Alexander Bergera (youthful) colleague emailed this to me with the words "another banger from Lant Pritchett" https://t.co/kOjxQa2c05
Retweeted by Alexander BergerInteresting historical account https://t.co/z5JWUFi8yf“Businesses love to say we’ve got shortages -- it’s this historic worker shortage. Well, show me the money” -Minnea… https://t.co/cjjhlNShip
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @ENPancotti "Gary S. Scheets" a very real and totally not fake name for a public information officer, yes definitel… https://t.co/4HyW4YjPqoGreat essay by @RickHills2 & @ProfSchleich on state efforts to control local barriers to housing supply. (My only q… https://t.co/0SQCEYVHs4
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3/6
2019
New paper from @ModeledBehavior on a topic I find fascinating. Shows aging workforce has negative effects on produc… https://t.co/M34zohfBQx
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThis is awesome and also why isn't it called "Is There a Doctor in the House?" https://t.co/8dJdzGwUFM
Retweeted by Alexander BergerHousing cannot be seen as a wealth building tool: housing returns are the next generations housing costs
Retweeted by Alexander BergerPut your thinking caps on! 🧐 CGD has a proposal for bringing a better #tuberculosis 💉 drug to the market and we nee… https://t.co/dySx8Pme6b
Retweeted by Alexander BergerAffirmative action works -- up to a point. India's reservations for gov't jobs led OBC & SC-ST to get 1.2 & 0.8 ex… https://t.co/JXiXSwrjqd
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @dylanmatt Time for that Dominic Cummings profile I know you've secretly been dying to write? What an unusual person.Hey @shoshievass @vbolotnyy, how does your research on MassDOT bidding (https://t.co/0OsUc0L6a3) interact with… https://t.co/fLuiAQB5cbWe have a new paper but I don't have a strength to do a tweet storm right now. I'll just post the link for now and… https://t.co/bUNqdTEhEA
Retweeted by Alexander BergerPalo Alto NIMBYs consistently producing the best propaganda for SB 50 https://t.co/kLiKkiYTQG
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3/5
2019
coming up on the 5 year anniversary of this column https://t.co/wRvyt3KpCA https://t.co/mXgoJ2HjMf
Retweeted by Alexander BergerI wish I could fav individual parts of tweets; right now I feel like I have to decide whether I like/endorse "enough" of a tweet to fav it.Goldman argues that changes in the oil market (e.g., fracking) have hugely reduced passthrough to the real economy,… https://t.co/B4UPclJHNB @otis_reid @Ishan_Nath But ironically, maybe not to brand them as “left”!Dark anecdote from the obituary of prominent Chinese historian Li Xueqin: https://t.co/rKJLBl0P2V https://t.co/sk2CuvQTyI
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @ryanbedwards I was super surprised this didn’t cite the judging judge designs paper (or I missed where it did). I… https://t.co/AVOfSbIum8Judge leniency IV designs: Now not just for Crime Studies - a summary of this design with that rare thing of a bel… https://t.co/fHxGC2Zpwx
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3/4
2019
What happened when 🇳🇴 made tax records public, thus allowing everyone in the country to observe the incomes of ever… https://t.co/2WbC0FEESR
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3/3
2019

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