Bruce Wydick, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics and Director of the Westmont in San Francisco

Office Location

Westmont San Francisco

Clunie House, 301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94117


Dr. Wydick's research lies in the use of econometric, experimental, and game-theoretic tools to analyze the impact of development programs. His recent work examines the impact of development programs such as microfinance, child sponsorship, and in-kind donation of children's shoes, wheelchairs for the disabled, and clean wood-burning stoves. Other recent work studies the role of hope and aspirations in escaping poverty traps. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Political EconomyEconomic JournalEconomicaOxford Economic PapersJournal of Development EconomicsThe World Bank Economic Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Development, and other journals. Media coverage of his recent research has appeared in the New York Timesthe BBCUSA TodayVoxThe Guardian, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other media outlets. He is a regular writer on global poverty issues for Christianity Today and is a frequent contributor to op-ed columns for San Francisco Bay Area newspapers. His new book Shrewd Samaritan: Faith, Economics, and the Road to Loving our Global Neighbor was published in 2019 by Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins).

Dr. 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, where he completed his doctoral studies in economics in 1996. 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.