Bruce Wydick is a professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco who uses econometric, experimental, and game-theoretic tools to analyze the impact of development programs. His recent work examines microfinance, child sponsorship, animal donation programs, and the role of hope and aspirations in escaping poverty traps. He is the author of The Taste of Many Mountains (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins, 2014) and Games in Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, 2007), among other publications. Wydick serves as the director of Mayan Partners, a faith-based nonprofit working in the highlands of Guatemala. He holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.