About me

I received my Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. While there, I focused on sustainable agriculture of coffee and led diverse multidisciplinary research projects where I evaluated the impacts of smallholders’ participation in specialty coffee value-chains. In addition, I modeled profitable agro-ecological cropping systems that preserve bird populations. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Columbia University. I integrate the Columbia World Project: "Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow” (ACToday) and the Financial Instruments Sector Team (FIST). As an Earth Institute postdoctoral fellow my overarching goal is to identify mechanisms by which tropical-agriculture farmers adapt to increasing climate variability. In particular, my research seeks to understand: (1) the required incentives to adopt specific production and land-use practices and (ii) to evaluate how climate and financial information affect grower’s individual and collective decisions.  I also hold degrees from the University of Pittsburgh (MPA/Fulbright Fellow) and Universidad de Los Andes-Colombia (BA, MSc.).

Aside to my research, I have served as a lead instructor and teacher assistant at Cornell University and University of Pittsburgh for the following courses: Resource Economics, Strategy in Emerging Markets, Game Theory, Behavioral Economics, and Quantitative Methods. In addition, I served as Adjunct Professor for Universidad de Los Andes and Universidad del Rosario in Colombia where I taught Macroeconomics and Colombian Political Economy.

Earlier in my career, I worked at the Central Bank of Colombia at the Research Unit and the Macroeconomic-programming Department developing multivariate time series analysis and neural networks to forecast macroeconomic variables required for monetary policy decisions.  I also represented Cornell at the Land Grant University Consortium “Alianzas para la Agricultura”, a program sponsored by the State Department to contribute to the post-conflict in Colombia.

Juan Nicolas Hernandez Aguilera

Ph.D. in Applied Economics | 2018

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Thesis: “Three Essays on the Economics of Sustainable Coffee Systems”

Committee: Miguel Gomez (Chair), Dr. Jon Conrad and Dr. Arnab Basu

Master in Public Administration | 2012

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Major in Policy Research and Analysis

Minor in Development Planning and Environmental Sustainability
Certificate in Latin American Social and Public Policy Studies

M.Sc. in Economics | 2006

Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Thesis: “A Review of The Macroeconomic Determinants of Household Consumption: the Colombian Case”

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Fulbright Colombia.

Fulbright Colombia

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. In 2010 I was honored with a J. William Fulbright Scholarship and since then I am vey compromised in fostering bilateral understanding and cooperation between U.S. and Colombia.

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