Hi! I’m Dario- a development professional passionate about using rigorous evidence to make better policies and social programs, particularly for vulnerable populations: in short, turning social science into social good.
Until recently, I was a senior associate in the Beta Incubator at Evidence Action, where I worked on sourcing, designing and prototyping development interventions backed by rigorous economic research. Evidence Action is a non-profit organization that scales proven development programs that improve the lives of millions. For a taste of their MO, and why I’m quite proud to have worked there, see some of the news coverage they have gotten.
Before that, I was at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), where I did research on international trade, competition, and firm dynamics. This research has been covered by major international news publications, including The Economist, Quartz, and Splinter. It has also been cited in the IMF’s World Economic Outlook, and in testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
I am particularly passionate about contributing to improving public awareness about social science research and international development, and to this end I serve as an occasional informal advisor on these topics to editors at the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard. For some of the fruits of this labor, see this story (in German).
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 Washington, DC, and am a dual Austrian/Canadian national.
I am also occasionally active on Twitter at @dariosidhu.