Bruce Wydick is Professor of Economics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, though he is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Berkeley is also the place where he received his Ph.D., studying under 2001 Economics Nobel laureate George Akerlof. His research applies game-theoretic, econometric, and experimental methods to understanding issues of poverty, development, and social change, with a particular focus on development policy in low-income countries.
Professor Wydick’s popular pieces on economics, poverty issues, and social behavior have appeared in San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, San Diego Union-Tribune, and the USA Today. Most recently, his piece The Best Ways to Fight Poverty—Really , was the cover story of Christianity Today. He is a contributing editor for PRISM magazine, and his academic work is regularly published in journals like: Economic Journal, Economica, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Development Studies, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and World Development.
Bruce speaks regularly at top universities and academic conferences worldwide, contributing to major discussions in developmental economics at Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, Berkeley, and Princeton. He has also served as a consultant and collaborator with: the World Bank, World Vision, The Heifer Project, TOMS Shoes, USAID, Compassion International, World Relief, and Opportunity International. In 2007 he was one of two winners of a worldwide contest sponsored by USAID for innovations in development program impact studies.