Eva Vivalt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Vivalt’s main research interests are in investigating stumbling blocks to generating evidence-based policy decisions, including both methodological issues as well as how evidence is interpreted and used. Dr. Vivalt is also a PI on Y Combinator Research’s basic income RCT and has other interests in labor economics, development, and global priorities research. Dr. Vivalt is the Founder of AidGrade, a research institute that generates and synthesizes evidence in international development, and Co-Founder of the Social Science Prediction Platform, a platform to coordinate the collection of forecasts of social science research results.
Dr. Vivalt holds a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and previously worked with the Development Economics Research Group at the World Bank. Prior to the Ph.D., Dr. Vivalt completed an M.Phil. in Development Studies at the University of Oxford on a Commonwealth Scholarship. Dr. Vivalt has visited the Department of Economics at Yale University and Stanford University and was previously a Senior Lecturer (Australian for Assistant Professor) at the Australian National University. Dr. Vivalt has also visited, and is a Research Collaborator at, the Global Priorities Institute at the University of Oxford.