About me

I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Lille (LEM-CNRS, UMR 9221) and currently a Research Fellow at Duke's Center for the History of Political Economy. I'm interested in the history of macroeconomics and central banking, particularly in the way central bankers and their staff interact with academic economists in the process of thinking about and implementing monetary policy. My dissertation focuses on the US experience during the 1950s and 1960s. I'm currently working on understanding and documenting the arrival of econometric modeling at the Board of Governors, the challenges involved in the construction of the Fed-MIT-Penn macroeconometric model, and the work of the SSRC's Committee on Economic Stability during the 1960s [see work in progress].

Before starting my PhD I was a student at the economics department of Universidad de los Andes, where I also wrote a MSc thesis on the plans conceived by 19th century Colombian policymakers to establish a national bank. I then went on to do a MSc in the history of economic thought at Paris 1 University. I was a research fellow at Duke's Center for the History of Political Economy during the fall semester of 2016. You can find my full CV here.

I'm also part of the INET-YSI History of Economic Thought working group and of the Ceteris Never Paribus podcast.

You can reach me at jcaacostamacia@gmail.com or on Twitter, @jcaacostamacia