Adriano Mannino

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So far Adriano Mannino has created 11 blog entries.
1206, 2015

How meta-charity can dominate direct charity

By |June 12th, 2015|Effective Giving|0 Comments

by Ruairi Donnelly and Adriano Mannino

Solid scientific evidence has confirmed that deworming is a best buy in development aid. The direct charities that REG recommends thus either perform deworming interventions or interventions that are comparably cost-effective. Charity cost-effectiveness is measured by the extent of the life-saving/medical, educational, economic and social benefits they provide. An intervention whose cost-effectiveness has […]

2705, 2015

Poker’s Effects on Society – Part III

By |May 27th, 2015|Poker, Rationality|4 Comments

by Lukas Gloor and Adriano Mannino

The previous posts in this series have outlined some of the ways poker benefits people. The first post centered on poker’s economic contributions to society, the second one on a comparison between poker and tennis – both activities that can be done as a hobby or professionally. What has been […]

205, 2015

Effective animal charities: How they help solve many global problems at once

By |May 2nd, 2015|Effective Giving|1 Comment

Our resources are limited. Efforts aimed at improving the world therefore necessitate cause selection and prioritisation: Which causes am I going to support with my resources?

Often people select their causes according to what happens to be closest to their heart or what’s immediately salient. This results in non-conventional but potentially extremely important causes often going […]

401, 2015

How to NOT pick a charity

By |January 4th, 2015|Effective Giving|0 Comments

by Adriano Mannino and Tobias Pulver

Imagine two charities that both fight a particular disease in a poor country. Donating to charity_1 means that 95% of your money goes directly to the cause (buying and distributing medicine), while only 5% is spent on salaries and other expenses. Donating to charity_2 means that 70% of your money […]

1111, 2014

The case for giving now: A reply to Rupert Elder

By |November 11th, 2014|Effective Giving|0 Comments

by Lukas Gloor and Adriano Mannino

1. Identifying points of leverage

If something is important to us, such that we want to do it as well as possible (as opposed to just doing it in the way people commonly do it), then it’s crucial to put in a lot of thought and always be on the lookout for […]

511, 2014

Giving locally vs. globally: Where can we do the most good?

By |November 5th, 2014|Effective Giving|0 Comments

by Adriano Mannino

“Charity begins at home” is a popular idea. At REG we’re not interested in whether ideas are popular, though, but in whether they’re based on good evidence. Where do the arguments lead in the “local vs. global” debate?

One might intuitively think there are special obligations towards “local” people. But what justifies this intuition? […]

3110, 2014

“Charity ain’t for me, I’m a hedonist, you see!”

By |October 31st, 2014|Effective Giving|0 Comments

by Adriano Mannino

This is a curious objection charity sometimes gets. It is curious first because the term “hedonist” actually just means “someone who tries to maximize happiness”. You can be an egoistic hedonist and care about your own happiness only; an altruistic hedonist and care about the happiness of everyone equally; or any combination of the […]

3009, 2014

Saving lives through donation: A rational choice

By |September 30th, 2014|Effective Giving|1 Comment

by Adriano Mannino

Rationality is about optimal goal achievement. Whatever your goals are, you’re rational if you act so as to maximize their expected achievement, i.e. so as to maximize your life-game EV. This post argues that if people were more rational – reasoned better about what their life goals actually are and how to optimally […]

1808, 2014

If money doesn’t make you happy, then you probably aren’t spending it right

By |August 18th, 2014|Effective Giving|0 Comments

by Adriano Mannino

Giving mainly makes the beneficiaries happy: When donated to the most cost-effective charities, a mere $3,400 demonstrably saves a human life. Fortunately, giving tends to make the givers happy, too: Psychological research suggests that charitable giving ranks among the best forms of self-regarding spending as well. Here’s an example paper from the Journal of Consumer Psychology:

«The […]

2007, 2014


By |July 20th, 2014|Effective Giving|3 Comments

by Adriano Mannino

Scientific charity evaluators such as GiveWell provide reliable evidence that their top-rated charities help a very high number of people per amount of money donated. In addition to these “direct” charities, REG also recommends several meta-charities. A meta-charity is an organization that doesn’t seek to help people in need directly, but seeks to help many potential donors to […]