Interested in the economics of science and innovation.

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Recommendations for things to read on well-run scientific labs?

Just the person I was looking for -- thanks Eric! I'll try and get through these before we meet.

Is Innovation in Human Nature?

Fascinating reframing! I hadn't thought about it like that at all... 

How curing aging could help progress

Yes, incredibly interesting.

Also, good seeing you here - I'm a big fan of your work!

How curing aging could help progress

This is fun to think about. Two thoughts popped up:

1. I wonder if it also changes researchers' appetite for risk knowing they may have time to recover in the future if their riskier projects fail.

2. Perhaps there's also a mechanism forcing science to be more robust/credible. If my career is now 100 years long rather than 30 years, there may be a longer-term penalty for engaging in shoddy science. (This probably sits under your long-term thinking bracket).

Is Innovation in Human Nature?

I have always liked this post a lot. Similarly, I have always liked Matt Clancy's post on this who takes a slightly different approach but I think complements it well

Effective Altruism and Progress Studies

Haven't thought about this thoroughly but number of EAF/PSF users/views springs to mind as a crude proxy.

Bombs, Brains, and Science

I think it's a great question. Two papers come to mind about capture that are somewhat related. These are not directly related but get at the capture part of research to some extent:

  1. This paper by Carrell/Figlio/Lusher captures the clubbyness in economics.
  2. I'm really fond of this paper by Rubin and Rubin because the empirical strategy is smart.

"Like maybe you're only allowed to be the chair of x society or editor of y journal for a fixed time period and then you're forced to step down. Maybe something like that could be a codifiable measure of some level of capture of a field."

I know some people who are working on something kind of like this. Happy to explore this further when we chat.

Bombs, Brains, and Science

Yeah, that's certainly true, the deaths have interesting dynamics. My advisor (Christian Fons-Rosen) is a co-author on that paper with Pierre and Josh. I'm definitely interested in exploring the area more.

Effective Altruism and Progress Studies

I still expect EA to be more influential in 2030. I'd be interested in making a bet on this.

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