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Gregory B. Fager, economist

Gregory B. Fager, an authority in Asian economies at the Institute of International Finance, a banking industry group, died Jan. 7 at his home in Bethesda. He was 62.

The cause was cancer, said his wife, Faye Fager.

Dr. Fager joined the Washington-based Institute of International Finance in 1984, soon after its founding. He helped developed the organization’s database of major economic and financing variables for emerging markets, which is still used by banks and investors to assess country risk.

Dr. Fager led the institute’s Asia-Pacific department before, during and after the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s and remained in that job until his death. He also helped establish the institute’s education and training initiative.

Gregory Bulkley Fager was a native of Wellesley, Mass., and a 1973 business graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received a doctorate in economics from Georgetown University in 1978.

The next year, he joined the First National Bank of Chicago, where he worked in the credit department assessing country risk and sovereign risk.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Faye Reaves Fager of Bethesda; two children, Elsbeth Fager and Brad Fager, both of Washington; his parents, Dr. Charles Fager and Margaret Fager of Wellesley; two brothers, including CBS News Chairman and “60 Minutes” Executive Producer Jeff Fager; and a sister.

— Adam Bernstein

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