Governance and Political Economy

Training Effective Altruism

Project members:
Principal Investigator: Sultan Mehmood, New Economic School, Moscow
Co-Principal Investigators: Daniel L. Chen, Toulouse School of Economics
Shaheen Naseer, Lahore School of Economics

This research is funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) under the Investments for the Future program, grant ANR-17-EUR-0010. Empathy is said to be the antidote to in-group bias. In this study we evaluate the causal effects of empathy training on civil servants in collaboration with the civil service administration and assess its impact on social preferences, bureaucratic performance, and thought leadership. Recent research suggests that emphasizing malleability of empathy as being key to behavioral change. In a factorial design, we also assess the impacts of emotional intelligence training, the impact of reading material whose content application is assessed via social emotional learning exercises. (AEA RCT Registry, the article is available here: )