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Jose Antonio Ocampo

Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs
School: 
International & Public Affairs
Office: 
International Affairs Building, Room 1315
Email: 
jao2128@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-6339
Appointments
  • Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Santiago
  • Member, Committee on Global Thought
  • Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration
Biography

José Antonio Ocampo is director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration at and a fellow of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. In 2008-2010, he also served as co-director of the UNDP/OAS Project on “Agenda for a Citizens’ Democracy in Latin America” and in 2009 a Member of the Commission of Experts of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.

Prior to his appointment, Ocampo served in a number of positions in the United Nations and the Government of Colombia, most notably as United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs; Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Chairman of the Board of Banco del República (Central Bank of Colombia); Director, National Planning Department (Minister of Planning); Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Executive Director of FEDESARROLLO.

Ocampo has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.

Ocampo received his BA in economics and sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 and his PhD in economics from Yale University in 1976. He served as Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes and of Economic History at the National University of Colombia, as well as Professor in the Advanced Program on Rethinking Development Economics at Cambridge University and Visiting Fellow at Universities of Oxford and Yale. He has received a number of personal honors and distinctions, including the 2008 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 1988 “Alejandro Angel Escobar” National Science Award of Colombia.

Research & Other Works
A Modest Proposal for the G20
Report
The Great Recession and the Developing World
Report
La Gran Recesión y el Mundo en Desarrollo
Report
The Global Trade Architecture and the Developing World
Report
Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Mechanisms and Responsibilities
Report
La arquitectura financiera internacional: A la luz de la crisis: Algunos logros y numerosos desafios
Report
International financial architecture seen through the lense of economic crisis: achievements and numerous challenges
Report
Global Governance for Financial Stability and Development
Report
Super-Cycles of Commodity Prices Since the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Report
Introduction: Time for a Visible Hand: Lessons From the 2008 World Financial Crisis
Report
Reforming the Global Reserve System
Report
Growth and Sectoral Policy
Report
Financial Structures
Report
Macroeconomic Policy Choices
Report
Open Economies and Patterns of Trade
Report
Patterns of Net Borrowing in Open Developing Economies
Report
Stylized Facts and Policy Alternatives
Report
The Role of Preventative Capital Account Regulations
Report
Economic Structure, Policy, and Growth
Report
Growth and Policy Space in Historical Terms
Report
Growth Rates, Economic Structures, and Energy Use
Article
Key Principles for Financial Reforms That G-20 Leaders Should Implement
Article
A Broad View of Macroeconomic Stability
Article
Sovereign Wealth Funds: A Developing Country Perspective
Article
Compensatory Financing for Shocks: What Changes Are Needed?
 
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