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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
Article
Comparing proxy and model estimates of hydroclimate variability and change over the Common Era
Article
Commentary on the Syria case: Climate as a contributing factor
Article
Winter storm intensity, hazards, and property losses in the New York tristate area
Article
Understanding Pacific Ocean influence on interannual precipitation variability in the Sahel
Article
Mediterranean climate future: an insightful look into the Basin's precipitation response to greenhouse gas forcing
Article
HITS: Hurricane Intensity and Track Simulator with North Atlantic Ocean Applications for Risk Assessment
Article
Distinguishing the Roles of Natural and Anthropogenically Forced Decadal Climate Variability: Implications for Prediction
Article
Cross–Time Scale Interactions and Rainfall Extreme Events in Southeastern South America for the Austral Summer. Part I: Potential Predictors
Article
Old World megadroughts and pluvials during the Common Era
Article
Dead Sea drawdown and monsoonal impacts in the Levant during the last interglacial
Article
Hydroclimate Variability and Change in the Prairie Pothole Region, the “Duck Factory” of North America
Article
Human adaptation strategies to abrupt climate change in Puerto Rico ca. 3.5 ka
Article
The paths of extratropical cyclones associated with wintertime high wind events in the Northeast United States
Article
Persistent drying in the tropics linked to natural forcing
Article
The middle Holocene climatic records from Arabia: Reassessing lacustrine environments, shift of ITCZ in Arabian Sea, and impacts of the southwest Indian and African monsoons
Article
Natural and Forced North Atlantic Hurricane Potential Intensity Change in CMIP5 Models
Article
Influence of local and remote SST on North Atlantic tropical cyclone potential intensity
Article
Climate change in the Fertile Crescent and implications of the recent Syrian drought
Article
Moisture budget analysis of SST-driven decadal Sahel precipitation variability in the twentieth century
Article
Dynamical Structure of Extreme Floods in the U.S. Midwest and the United Kingdom
Article
Have Aerosols Caused the Observed Atlantic Multidecadal Variability?
Article
Coupled climate model simulations of Mediterranean winter cyclones and large-scale flow patterns
Article
Mediterranean precipitation climatology, seasonal cycle, and trend as simulated by CMIP5
Article
North Atlantic influence on 19th–20th century rainfall in the Dead Sea watershed, teleconnections with the Sahel, and implication for Holocene climate fluctuations
Article
Low-frequency climate variability in the Atlantic basin during the 20th century
Article
The 1960s Drought and the Subsequent Shift to a Wetter Climate in the Catskill Mountains Region of the New York City Watershed
Article
A verification framework for interannual-to-decadal predictions experiments
Article
Atlantic SST gradient and the influence of ENSO
Article
The Physical Basis for Predicting Atlantic Sector Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Variability
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Hindcasts of Tropical Atlantic SST Gradient and South American Precipitation: The Influences of the ENSO Forcing and the Atlantic Preconditioning
Article
Variation of the North Atlantic subtropical high western ridge and its implication to Southeastern US summer precipitation
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Comparing Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Patterns of Interannual Precipitation Variability over the Western United States and Northern Mexico
Article
The relative contributions of radiative forcing and internal climate variability to the late 20th Century winter drying of the Mediterranean region
Article
Classifying North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Tracks by Mass Moments
Article
Robust features of Atlantic multi-decadal variability and its climate impacts
Article
Northern Hemisphere winter snow anomalies: ENSO, NAO and the winter of 2009/10
Article
Tropical Oceanic Causes of Interannual to Multidecadal Precipitation Variability in Southeast South America over the Past Century
Article
Mechanisms of Tropical Atlantic SST Influence on North American Precipitation Variability
 
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