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, University of Economics in Bratislava, and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) 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.
Dr. Gokcekus has served as the special economic advisor for the Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci between 2015 and 2020.
In addition to publishing articles in academic journals such as Journal of Peace Research, Economics and Politics, Economics Letters, Public Choice, and 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.
- Ph.D., Economics, Duke University
- M.S., Economics, Middle East Technical University
- B.S., Economics, Middle East Technical University
- Religion, Religiosity, and Corruption. Review of Religious Research 62: pp.562-581, 2020
- Are Shadow Economy and Corruption in US States Substitutive or Complementary? An Empirical Investigation. Sosyoekonomi 28(46): pp. 11-23, 2020
- "Chapter 18: In Vino Veritas? Social Influence on "Private" Wine Evaluations at a Wine Social Networking Site." Handbook of the Economics of Wine, Volume 2: Reputation, Regulation, and Market Organization, 2018
- Corruption Perceptions in North Cyprus: 2018 Report. Nicosia: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2019
- Price Effects of Establishing a New Sub-AVA within Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVA. Journal of Wine Economics 12 (4), 345-353, 2017
- Political contributions and corruption in the United States. Journal of Economic Policy Reform 20 (4): 360-372, 2017.
- Peculiar Dynamics of Corruption, Singapore: World Scientific, 2015
- "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, 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