Who become an Effective Altruist?

post by SeanDoubleYouS · 2021-08-07T01:46:34.902Z · EA · GW · 3 comments

This is a question post.

Hi all, this is my first post but I’ve lurked around on the boards a little bit. I’ve been interested in effective altruism for a couple years, but want to make it a bigger part of my life. One way I want to do that is by asking an answering questions that haven’t been fully fleshed out.

I did a search on the forum to find the answer to this question but didn’t find anything concrete, I may have missed something. But my question is, has there been any research done on who is most likely to become an effective altruist?

If so, I’d love to learn more and if not I’d love to develop some insights into this question.

Thanks for your help!


answer by AryanYadav · 2021-08-07T08:06:37.044Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I feel like this is a hard question to answer. People who identify as an Effective Altruist come from all sorts of backgrounds and I suppose there aren't specific groups of people who are more likely to become EAs, as opposed to others. 

comment by Miranda_Zhang (starmz12345@gmail.com) · 2021-08-07T14:22:06.004Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

While I agree this is a hard question + anyone could self-identify as an aspiring EA, I lean towards thinking that right now, EA attracts certain kinds of people moreso than others, as evidenced by Rethink Priorities' demographic surveys: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/ThdR8FzcfA8wckTJi/ea-survey-2020-demographics [EA · GW]

At the very least, I suspect people who are more (academically) educated are more likely to become part of the EA community.

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comment by SeanDoubleYouS · 2021-08-09T05:02:00.884Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

That survey was just the thing I was looking for. Thank you!


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