Hi! I’m Dario- a behavioural science professional dedicated to using rigorous evidence to design better public policies: in short, turning social science into social good.
I'm currently an Associate Advisor with the Behavioural Insights Team's (BIT) brand new Canadian office in Toronto, which works to generate and apply behavioural insights to inform policy and improve public services. If you're interested in this type work, this piece nicely summarizes the approach.
Before that, I was part of the Beta Incubator team at Evidence Action, a non-profit organization that scales evidence-based development programs that improve the lives of millions. I worked on sourcing, designing and prototyping development interventions backed by rigorous economic research. For a taste of their work, and to learn why I’m extremely proud to have worked there, see some of the news coverage they have gotten.
At some point before that, I worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), where I did research on international trade, competition, and firm dynamics.
Apart from my own work, I’m passionate about contributing to better public awareness about social science research, particularly on international development topics. To this end, I serve as a regular advisor to the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard. I provide comments and speak on background for their excellent series on international development, “Alles Gut? Weltverbessern für Anfänger” by Andreas Sator. For some of the results of this work, see these stories (in German) on the use of randomized controlled trials in development economics, in which I make an appearance.
I hold an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS and an undergraduate degree in economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business. I am currently based in Toronto, and am a dual Austrian/Canadian national.
I am also occasionally active on Twitter at @dariosidhu.