The Omar Azfar Contest

The Omar Azfar Contest

The Annual Omar Azfar Essay on Economics and Corruption Contest

Prize: $1,000
Deadline: May 18, 2017
Eligibility: John Jay College Undergraduate Students
What to submit: A 3000 word essay on “Economics and Corruption” – broadly defined
Contest adviser: Professor Jay Hamilton


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Picture of Omar Azfar, Ph.D.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. 

To honor Omar Baillol College, the oldest College (founded in 1263) of the University of Oxford and  from which Omar graduated in 1987, inaugurated the Annual Omar Azfar Lecture  on Social Justice  in  March 2015.  The initial lecture by Christina Boswell, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh, was entitled "Justice by Numbers? Public Policy and the Rights of Immigrants."  The John Jay College Department of Economics oversees the annual the Omar Azfar Essay Contest on Economics and Justice which his family has funded with a prize of $1000.  

Contest Advisor: Professor Jay Hamilton

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