The Department of Economics
The Omar Azfar Contest



The Omar Azfar Contest 

Omar Azfar, Ph.D., was an economist, scholar, and governance expert focusing on the economics of crime and corruption. He became an associate professor in the economics department at John Jay College in August 2006, soon becoming part of CUNY’s Graduate Center.  Omar completed his undergraduate degree at Oxford University in England, earning his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.  Prior to joining John Jay College, Omar was at the IRIS Center at the University of Maryland, researching and publishing in several areas of economics. In May 2007 Omar was diagnosed with bone cancer, passing away on January 21, 2009. 




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