Allison Hidalgo is interested in the intersection of business and social impact. Hidalgo believes that through sustainable processes and ethical supply chains, businesses can minimize their negative externalities and create positive societal and environmental impact. In her international economics capstone Hidalgo will explore the effects of fair trade on Amazonian farmers, analyzing the benefits and downfalls of the fair trade system. 

While at Notre Dame, Hidalgo received the Kellogg Institute’s Summer Entrepreneurial Internship grant. Through the Summer Entrepreneurial Internship she worked in the Ecuadorian Amazon with Fundación Runa, the non-profit branch of a social enterprise known as RUNA, LLC. Fundación Runa works to protect and create greater value for the rainforest ecosystem as well as the indigenous Kichwa farmers. As a social entrepreneurship intern, Hidalgo’s main project was assisting a developing, Kichwa-owned business in measuring their impact on stakeholders according to their goals. Additionally Hidalgo created surveys and conducted interviews with indigenous, Kichwa farmers to investigate the role of women in the production of guayusa, a locally produced tea. In summer of 2018, Hidalgo attended the Madrasa Discourses, a program sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, in Nepal. During this program Hidalgo discussed contemporary technological and societal issues Islam faces with Islamic scholars from Pakistan, South Africa, and India. 

Thesis Title: Fair Trade and Its Effects on Amazonian Farmers

International Economics
Peace Studies
Current Research

Research Interests
Effects of social enterprises in developing communities, intersection of business and human development

Current Research
Economics and human development