Shrewd Samaritan: What Works in Development?
What makes for lasting development and why do certain interventions fail? Drawing on his most recent book, Shrewd Samaritan: Faith, Economics, and the Road to Loving our Global Neighbor (Thomas Nelson, 2019), development economist Bruce Wydick posits an impact framework for global development. During the lecture, Professor Wydick will speak to effective and ineffective poverty interventions while also inviting students into a discussion of how to discern one's personal role in addressing global poverty.
Light lunch provided.
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...