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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


HUGE, IMPORTANT housing bill filed by @joeboncore & @RepKevinHonan - combo Housing Choice PLUS requirement that all… https://t.co/KcgDMDM9Iy
Retweeted by Alexander BergerEnding strong is Michela Giorcelli's AER (2019) study on managerial & technological interventions under the Marshal… https://t.co/QtxNZckcTn
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1/19
2019
Fun to see some research we funded early on on the cover of @sciencemagazine: https://t.co/FEMbIl8sAQhttps://t.co/sGsZZCesfl @Andrew___Baker @HalSinger I’m on the other side of that bet :)
1/18
2019
I hope you'll make some time for this new @NYTMag cover story by Gideon Lewis-Kraus, on the science of ancient DNA.… https://t.co/zb2lwTFisX
Retweeted by Alexander BergerEducation spending & student learning outcomes https://t.co/OvCbMslAEu In my new blog post, I summarize an excit… https://t.co/TKes1V8Gof
Retweeted by Alexander Berger2 great new endorsements for #SB50, the #MoreHOMES Act: Stockton Mayor @MichaelDTubbs & San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo… https://t.co/Y83XWCg0cD
Retweeted by Alexander BergerI guess he's basically saying, "this is better than whatever else you'd be doing with tax or aid dollars" which I'm… https://t.co/GcZ5xNkuRVI find something odd about this: https://t.co/HXM7gJgcQM I agree Gates' investments in GAVI & the Global Fund have… https://t.co/Q6N84Q21gZThis is also probably going to end up happening in California but Washington should have an income tax and Californ… https://t.co/ssWmFimC7C
Retweeted by Alexander BergerExciting news - I've accepted an offer to join the Open Philanthropy Project (@open_phil)! This will be one step… https://t.co/pJADlcmn7o
Retweeted by Alexander BergerUnusually policy-forward @fmanjoo column: https://t.co/WdDSUW8qgu
1/17
2019
@amitabhchandra2 @MartinSGaynor oooofReally excited to be scaling up the OpenAI policy team! https://t.co/36T4pxgTk8
Retweeted by Alexander BergerLooks like San Diego’s mayor is going all-in on YIMBY. Per tweets on his State of the City, he wants to eliminate a… https://t.co/itNzaatc2W
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1/16
2019
"Our results show that NIH funding spurs the development of private-sector patents: a $10 million boost in NIH fund… https://t.co/bOKSce3lAS
Retweeted by Alexander Berger“I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos” https://t.co/L2jZbVUA2iAt Urban, we're using new techniques - including machine learning - to get better zoning data that will help us add… https://t.co/RBl1fKRGTA
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThis is my favourite chart in a while, showing how the more money you earn the higher you set the bar for how rich… https://t.co/Bc4PFovHYj
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1/15
2019
$100 genomes seem like they'll be a big deal: https://t.co/x9BdpXk50DA better version of the point I was trying to make to @interfluidity last night: https://t.co/DHHI6AZsREA contemporary approach to the nature vs nurture debate: look at insurance claims for > 500 conditions in ~45 milli… https://t.co/c3LqHF1igH
Retweeted by Alexander Bergervia @AdamPosen @ChadBown @CarolineFreund https://t.co/6vEkgrefrS https://t.co/T6Iw7zaaea
Retweeted by Alexander BergerWill wage growth accelerate when the unemployment rate gets below some threshold? The @sffed says essentially, "Don… https://t.co/tMVrIpn99s
Retweeted by Alexander BergerIn latest attack on affirmative action, @Harvard is being sued for allegedly discriminating against Asian American… https://t.co/VMTMcVpYCq
Retweeted by Alexander BergerReally into this thing where authors tweetstorm their interesting new NBER papers: https://t.co/HiYssFM4EGhttps://t.co/qsCz8WgWIfHow much does analytic flexibility impact what what we know social media effects? Of > 8,000 plausible models, the… https://t.co/5KGvZvKmWu
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @tjl Yeah I don’t want to be a downer but I don’t get it. I guess I know literally 0 about gymnastics. Presumably c… https://t.co/wNDnnvzAA2 @moskov Yeah, that’s a good point, I don’t feel like I had a real prior except “10 min seems small.” The one I was… https://t.co/UFWTygL3QNNothing works/all effect sizes are small https://t.co/dDRUJAJfeq https://t.co/oakj7Giu3bFun read https://t.co/YCoDPDJq4b @interfluidity @UpdatedPriors @MazzucatoM @tylercowen @mileskimball I'm struggling to see why I should believe that… https://t.co/g9Me37bzR5I still think that there are a couple of great papers to be written on why the solve rate on murders has fallen or… https://t.co/1YJntU125X
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @interfluidity @UpdatedPriors @MazzucatoM @tylercowen @mileskimball Thanks, I need to look closer at the paper! I e… https://t.co/5iIGUkfj6N @interfluidity @UpdatedPriors @MazzucatoM @tylercowen @mileskimball Thanks for reading it. Idea that productivity m… https://t.co/KwoQY73OSs @interfluidity @UpdatedPriors Thanks, I'm sympathetic to some of this and certainly agree that raw patents are a te… https://t.co/WwV3fzfG35
1/14
2019
How much do you think Facebook and Twitter pay to not be on the recommended block list on StayFocusd? https://t.co/AJSG3XTUeqIronically, a lot of the time I think the main outcome of this process is being much more explicit about values and… https://t.co/N9UIWDlLI1One other benefit of this habit is that it can force you to think quantitatively about the magnitudes of tradeoffs:… https://t.co/AZEDEPriOO @interfluidity Totally earnest, uncertain about my view on this literature, fine to be ignored: what's your story a… https://t.co/eusjXkKXLIThe Head of Astronomy at Harvard asserting that Oumuamua was a non-human solar sail. Great read that reflects on bo… https://t.co/kTHo1SU34l
Retweeted by Alexander BergerBecause I think it's really easy to delude yourself into accepting the facts that are most convenient. E.g.,… https://t.co/ro5nj7xyE0Now, my read of the empirical (as opposed to theoretical) evidence has been that there's really not much of a conne… https://t.co/T8mmrujgVfBut in some debates my normative commitments really depends upon the true effects. E.g., I'm a big fan of taxing mo… https://t.co/IXADzwDM2ZOften the correct answer is "not at all." But that can save time arguing about facts that will change no ones mind.… https://t.co/EPnVUAOHoiI think it's a useful intellectual habit (which I often fall short of!) when thinking about political and policy vi… https://t.co/dWgYTPIo2M @t0nyyates @Undercoverhist @dandolfa (i.e., bostrom really does not make/put weight on the evolutionary argument th… https://t.co/LQ3ProAOdY @t0nyyates @Undercoverhist @dandolfa FWIW, I don't think Bostrom would recognize his arguments in Gilman's thread,… https://t.co/Pz7m9csQqHNot my area, but some papers I know of that suggest caution on tax & innovation: Akcigit et al. 2016 AER… https://t.co/puzYFktPuE
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @snaidunl Probably not, though that also raises the question of what self reported hurdle rates are even purporting to represent @moskov Yeah that data is from one of the papers I linked to, I think that is one of the best sources, but the othe… https://t.co/rhlEQHUI6v @SEAsheltie @kimmaicutler That makes sense but my impression was that “one time” was key there, not in this new result. @agranato42 I would see a movie version of Silicon Valley, the TV show(my own rough theory of this, without reading the paper closely, is that corporate decision-makers know the market… https://t.co/eWuBFIQuLASelf-reported investment hurdle rates for corporate decision makers have hovered around 15% for decades, even as in… https://t.co/qqgmGCkgOM @AriW @moskov @LVMH I'm not sure you even need that! Could have increasingly luxury goods but total satiation in we… https://t.co/59zicf21hv @kimmaicutler My rough impression was just that optimal tax theory tended to argue for very low capital taxation, a… https://t.co/lgJySNoJ9iUpdate: didn't close all the tabs, but restarting helped. @moskov Hmm, the stuff I've looked at before is generally more "up and to the right," though not looking at age in… https://t.co/PM1PpTMXdq
1/13
2019
@albrgr Check out these slides for a clearer explanation. https://t.co/L856T5pFLc
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @_alice_evans WHAT . AN . INTERVIEW https://t.co/XGyEODYkvn
Retweeted by Alexander Berger @andrewsalzberg Backfire, no!!I can't believe you liked this tweet instead of all the interesting papers I tweeted! Bad!I find it interesting that in spite of all the rhetoric about mass incarceration, we haven't seen any truly radical… https://t.co/PyZbZCcegUGood blow-by-blow of how @PhRMA spent $21M trying (and failing) to save themselves $12B: https://t.co/2z38rlbKfL @moskov I didn't check but I bet we're talking a factor of 2, not 10A bunch of the impact of QE operates through home loan refinancing, and bundling it with relaxation of macropru LTV… https://t.co/SUz5p6tjF4This section in particular shows an awareness of contemporary American politics that I think has been sorely lackin… https://t.co/i4dS0vQz62Good @krogoff column on the need for central banks to be realistically preparing for the next downturn, not waiting… https://t.co/j7C1hIH46SThese @davidautor slides were as interesting as everyone told you they were: https://t.co/GOiEXnR00k @KelseyTuoc IIRC this paper has an explicit comparison of the experimental and cross-section correlations: https://t.co/9QI9KpcnBx @KelseyTuoc Yeah. I think there's some decent evidence on causal effects now (e.g. from swedish lottery winners, GD… https://t.co/sSUvLEdqAJ @JonnyDorsey I actually think life expectancy is great and we should try to optimize on it more than we do. Compare… https://t.co/ztijmuVCTr @joel_bkr @MichaelDPlant @tuchardonnay Plant's EA forum writeup is one of my other tabs...FWIW, I think this is not inconsistent: https://t.co/TxGiKqG4jN Effects are positive but (IMO) small in absolute terms. @JonnyDorsey A nice thing about money is that it is easy to count. Hard to compete with the infrastructure built up around that.Yes I am tweeting articles so I can close tabs so I have enough RAM to be able to send email again, why do you ask?Apparently the reaction amongst Chinese bioethicists to He's genetic modification experiments is not so different t… https://t.co/I18CxdPIolInteresting interview with Daniel Kahneman on this, by the way: https://t.co/MwhuUTHwiA (might have to google headl… https://t.co/fC29TyiDG2 @msadowsky Yes, I think there are very strong reasons other than "money makes people happier" to prefer economic gr… https://t.co/b1YTi3PFHEThis is a really cool and IMO counter-intuitive paper arguing for efficiency & equity gains from wealth taxes over… https://t.co/bYCH1XrGO7Obligatory link to @herandrews's beautiful critique of "bloodless moralism": https://t.co/mKZA1SBut4 I don't agree… https://t.co/Pz4PHh9lPuIt's hard to seem "serious" asking these philosophical questions when people obv have real problems. But without mo… https://t.co/Hrm75Q65DSI think a lot of this is just because we know how to measure money and it seems so self-evidently valuable (people… https://t.co/r1Kl5Ys2yoThis is a cool paper. But the thing I am most struck by is the low absolute magnitude of the effect: the correlatio… https://t.co/OZEuOkoaTbA good reminder that Finland has like the same population as Colorado: https://t.co/fBqrOifspdThis @jessesingal piece on the IRB aspects of Sokal 2.0 is quite good. That said, I do have a few additional though… https://t.co/mMyVQoBzSF
Retweeted by Alexander BergerInteresting @dsquareddigest post on the returns to (hits-based) creative careers: https://t.co/Kim32EEKJy I still… https://t.co/mkWlgCi7Hn @mattyglesias Any particular thing we’re subtweeting?Here’s the abstract: https://t.co/fV5oWdunO9
Retweeted by Alexander BergerBig thanks to @matt_levine for wonderful write-up in @business @bopinion on "Selling Fast and Buying Slow: Heuristi… https://t.co/pmrRx5ZgN4
Retweeted by Alexander BergerCalifornia: The State of Resistance https://t.co/mnrSq3jKoG via @nybooks Pretty good piece on Calif w/a focus (larg… https://t.co/lOaPmSVh22
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThat’s Howard Buffett in the middle, playing with guns on the Mexican border, on land purchased by the charitable H… https://t.co/CKVACr7PBu
Retweeted by Alexander BergerWhat happened when some public universities in 🇩🇪 introduced relatively low (≈€1,000) tuition fees in the early 200… https://t.co/Zhkky8bMez
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThe key is the political coalition and its capacity to fight on many fronts. The budget provided (more) evidence t… https://t.co/M1hGd1sVnF
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1/12
2019
I’m actually shocked that psych’s scale is below econ here https://t.co/JPw9sSTqLITax avoidance (and other problems) with opportunity zones: https://t.co/MxASkBQklV
Retweeted by Alexander BergerI have a new early-stage working paper with @jdbk on "Accountability for the Economy at All Levels of Government in… https://t.co/YIr4Xf3vQm
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThe Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence is establishing a committee to formulate ethical guidelines for… https://t.co/ClnBnrASZs
Retweeted by Alexander BergerThis @MattCHPC quote comparing Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom on housing did not make it into my (almost published) s… https://t.co/WuKIvvfglq
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1/11
2019

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