Economics — International Studies
Bruce  Wydick

Bruce Wydick


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.

Areas of research specialization are in the use of econometric, experimental, and game-theoretic tools to analyze the impact of development programs, especially in the areas of microfinance, education, and health. Professor Wydick's recent work examines the impact of development programs including microfinance, child sponsorship, and animal donation programs. Other recent work studies the role of hope and aspirations in escaping poverty traps. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Economica, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Development Economics, World Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change and other journals. His recent study on the impact of child sponsorship has been the subject of stories by the BBC World Service, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other media outlets. He writes for Christianity Today, PRISM, and is a regular contributor to op-ed columns for San Francisco Bay Area newspapers. His book Games In Economic Development is published by Cambridge University Press, and his forthcoming book about the lives of coffee growers in Guatemala is forthcoming from Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins). Professor Wydick serves as the director of Mayan Partners, a small faith-based non-profit organization working in the western highlands of Guatemala and as faculty advisor for the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at USF.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Research Areas

Development Economics, Behavioral Economics, Labor Economics

Courses Offered
  • GRADUATE COURSES: Development Microeconomics, International Trade UPPER-DIVISION COURSES: Game Theory, Intermediate Microeconomics, Development Economics, International Trade LOWER-DIVISION COURSES: The Global Economy