Omer Gokcekus is a Professor of international economics and development. His research interests include the relationship between interest groups and trade policies, organizational architecture and performance in public sector organizations, the dynamics and effects of corruption, economic development, foreign aid, and wine economics.
Prior to joining the School in 2003, Dr. Gokcekus taught at Duke University and North Carolina Central University. He has also taught at Munster University (Germany) as a DAAD recipient and at University of Cyprus and University of Economics in Bratislava as a visiting professor.
Since 1999, he has worked as a consultant for the World Bank. While with the World Bank, Dr. Gokcekus participated in public sector reform projects in sixteen countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Indonesia, and six East Caribbean countries.
In addition to publishing articles in academic journals such as Journal of Peace Research, Economics and Politics, Economics Letters, Public Choice, Journal of Wine Economics, Dr. Gokcekus has authored books on dynamics of corruption and on the economics of isolations, co-authored books on public sector governance and performance in Guyana and Bangladesh, and contributed to Transparency International’s Annual Corruption Report on political patronage, gender, declaration of asset laws and regulations and corruption in public organizations.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, Dr. Gokcekus is on sabbatical leave.
- Ph.D., Economics, Duke University
- M.S., Economics, Middle East Technical University
- B.S., Economics, Middle East Technical University
- "Impediments to Trade Across the Green Line in Cyprus: Classic Barriers and Mistrust."
Journal of Peace Research, 49(6), 863-872, November 2012
- "Public Finance Special Interests, and Direct Wine Shipping Laws in the United States."
Journal of Wine Economics, 7(1), 35-48, May 2012
"The Cotton Influence Index: An Examination of the US Cotton Subsidies."
American Journal of Agricultural Economics ,91(2), 299- 309, May 2009
- "Group Dynamics of Corruption in Public Organizations."
Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 9(4), pp. 275-287, December 2008
"Is it Protestant Tradition or Current Protestant Population That Affects Corruption?"
Economics Letters, 99(1), 59- 92,April 2008
"The Economics of the Isolation of Turkish Cypriots."
Kyrenia, Cyprus: Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, March 2008
- DAAD Visiting Professorship, 2011, University of Münster, Germany
- University Research Council Award, 2010, 2005, 2004, Seton Hall University
- School of Diplomacy Researcher of the Year, 2006, 2016, Seton Hall University
- University Faculty Researcher of the Year, 2016, Seton Hall University