I first discovered 80,000 hours a couple of months ago, and have since fallen in love with EA. I've read plenty of the content, both online and in books, but this is the first time I am connecting to the community and writing a post on the EA forum!
I am currently doing a BA in Economics and International Relations. My tentative career plan at the moment is to get a PhD in Economics and go into global priorities or AI policy research. If that doesn't work out, an advanced degree in economics would give me some good career capital to fall back on.
My concern is that both the global priorities and AI policy research communities are quite small at the moment from my understanding. What are my chances of effectively doing work on these problems from Israel? My girlfriend wants to stay in Israel at least over the long term. Hopefully I will be able to convince her to fly to the US or UK for a couple of years for my PhD, and then come back here after. I was thinking for example, of (if I was accepted) doing my PhD at Oxford and connecting with the Future of Humanity or the Global Priorities Institute, then hopefully I could stay connected and continue to do research in the same domain when I returned to Israel.
Sorry for the long introduction. Here are my questions:
1. If I was to do my PhD in the US/UK and connect to one of those research communities, how efficiently would I be able to continue my research once I moved back to Israel? How much would I be losing out on by moving back?
2. If I was unable to go to the US/UK even just for my PhD, and instead I got my PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. would I still be able to connect and do research in one of those fields, or would I be outclassed by people that got their PhD from Stanford, etc... What if I did a postdoc at an elite school?