Human Psychology

Campbell’s Law & Goodhart’s Law: When you are measuring to fail

One single quantitative measurement metric makes you demonstrate less ethical behaviour

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The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor. — Campbell’s Law

“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement.
If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it.
If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it.
If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.”
— H. James Harrington

“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” — Goodhart’s Law

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