We’re excited to announce that we’ll be running our summer research fellowship again this year
The fellowship provides students and recent graduates with the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience and receive personal mentoring from our research team. If you have an interest in wellbeing and global priorities research, we strongly encourage you to apply.
The fellowship is full-time (35 hours a week) and runs for seven weeks from 11 July to 25 August (special accommodations can be requested). Thanks to the generous support of our donors, fellows will be paid for their time, up to a maximum of $3,500 for the full seven weeks.
To apply, please submit your CV using this form, and write 1-3 paragraphs about why you are a good fit for the fellowship.
The deadline for applications is Sunday, 20 March.
The challenges of affective forecasting
Matthew Coleman (2021 summer research fellow) explains the common mistakes we make when predicting the intensity and duration of our own and others’ feelings.
Our error-prone intuitions in affective forecasting have important implications because they lead us to underestimate the importance of global priorities that are difficult to mentally simulate and resistant to hedonic adaptation. Mental illness and chronic pain are the most likely causes to be under-valued, as well as drug addiction, and possibly animal welfare and longtermism.
In order to avoid these biases, Matt argues that researchers should use subjective measures of how people actually feel about their lives, instead of making intuitive assumptions.
What we’ve been reading
Building Strong Mental Health in Latin America
HLI’s Operations Manager, Joy Bittner, is setting up a pilot project to deliver group interpersonal therapy in Ecuador. Joy is seeking to raise an additional $22,000 to get the pilot up and running.
Mental Health Measurements for Economists
An excellent panel session on the current state of mental health measures featuring Victoria Baranov, Crick Lund, and Miranda Wolpert.
Wellcome Global Monitor 2020: Mental Health
A global survey of 119,000 people across 113 countries finds that 58% of people in low-income countries think that mental health is more important than physical health, compared to only 28% in high-income countries.
Mobile phone-based interventions for mental health
Goldberg et al. synthesize results from 14 meta-analyses representing 145 randomized controlled trials and 47,940 participants. Taken together, the results support the potential of mobile phone-based interventions and highlight key directions to guide providers, policymakers, clinical trialists, and meta-analysts working in this area.
Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Public Policy: On the Dangers of Single Metric Accounting
LSE philosopher, Johanna Thoma, presents two challenges to the idea that all costs and benefits should be aggregated into a single, equity-weighted wellbeing metric. The first relates to distributional concerns and the second notes that aggregating diverse effects into a single metric requires taking a position on many moral questions that reasonable people disagree about.
How to Launch a High-Impact Nonprofit
The team at Charity Entrepreneurship have distilled all their experience, advice, and expertise into this full-length guide on how to start your own organization from scratch.