Dr. Bruce Wydick is Professor of Economics at the University of San Francisco and the director of Westmont College in San Francisco. His research uses of econometric, experimental, and game-theoretic tools to analyze the effectiveness of poverty and development programs. Professor Wydick’s recent work examines the impacts of microfinance, child sponsorship, and in-kind donation of children’s shoes, wheelchairs for the disabled, and cleft-palate surgeries. Other recent work studies the role of hope and aspirations in escaping poverty traps.
Professor Wydick is a regular writer on poverty and development issues for Christianity Today. His most recent book, Shrewd Samaritan: Faith, Economics, and the Road to Loving our Global Neighbor, tries to bring together the most recent research in development economics to help people of faith into meaningful and effective engagement with global and domestic poverty.
Professor Wydick holds research affiliations with the Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the founder and co-director of Mayan Partners, a small non-profit organization working in the western highlands of Guatemala in the areas of education and community development.