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Zafar Nazarov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


OfficeNeff Hall 340H
Office Phone: 260-481-6084
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Year Beginning at PFW: 2013


Ph.D. in Economics, University of North Carolina, 2009.
Areas of Emphasis: Labor Economics/Applied Econometrics, Health Economics
MS in Agricultural Economics, New Mexico State University, 2004.
BS in Finance, Tashkent Institute of Finance, 2002.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Zafar Nazarov's teaching interest are Health Economics, Public Finance, Introductory/Intermediate Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.


Research Interests

Dr. Zafar Nazarov has expertise in the field of Health and Labor Economics. His prime research interests lie in understanding of labor market outcomes of individuals with disabilities focusing on various work incentives including employment services embedded into the current welfare system. As a recent participant of the Steven Sandell Grant program funded by the U.S. SSA, he has recently investigated the effectiveness of benefit counseling services for SSI/SSDI beneficiaries who sought employment related services in New York. In collaboration with the group of disability researchers, during the last three years, he has been working on various research projects aimed at gaining a better understanding of well-being of the SSI/SSDI population. Specifically, he has been involved in understanding of the impact of prevocational services on supported employment wages, the effect of duration of services on employment outcomes of VR customers and the main determinants of their successful case closures and the association between parental welfare participation and post-secondary educational outcomes for children with disabilities. Prior to Cornell University, he spent two years as a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development post-doctoral fellow at RAND Corp. where he was involved in evaluation of complex interactions between various benefits such Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment Insurance and Social Security Disability Insurance and employment outcomes of workers injured on the job. He has extensive experience in secondary data analysis, managing the creation of cross-sectional and longitudinal research files. He also has experience working with large longitudinal datasets and performing analyses using appropriate statistical techniques. He received his MS from the New Mexico State University and his PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina. He has a number of papers published or currently forthcoming in various peer-reviewed journals such as Labour Economics, American Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation and Journal of Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, Sociological Methods and Research.  

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