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Dr Juan Castaneda

Senior Lecturer in Economics / Director of the Vinson Centre


Juan Castañeda

Doctor of Economics since 2003 (UAM University at Madrid), Juan Castañeda has experience working and researching in monetary policy and central banking. He has worked with the European Parliament’s Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs in the so-called “monetary dialogue with the European Central Bank”, and has also submitted written evidence for a UK Parliament report on the euro. He has been a visiting researcher at Cass Business School in London (and from 2015 to 2018 senior visiting fellow of the Faculty of Finance), and lecturer at UNED University in Madrid. He has been awarded a Bank of Spain annual scholarship to develop research on the monetary history and has also developed several research projects funded by the Institute of Fiscal Studies at Madrid on fiscal policy rules. He is the review editor of Economic Affairs and the editor and author of a website specialising in monetary policy and central banking: http://theoldladyofthreadneedlestreet.wordpress.com Juan is also a member of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Shadow Monetary Policy Committee, since September 2018.

Juan Castañeda was appointed as Director of the Institute of International Monetary Research in January 2016.

In 2017 he was appointed as “External Expert” in Economics of COST, the European Cooperation in Science and Technology Agency. COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

Dr Castañeda is the co-author of a quarterly column (Money Matters) in OMFIF’s Bulletin (with Tim Congdon) and has been quoted in S&P Global Market Intelligence on topical issues in money, banking and central banking; such as the ‘LIBOR scandal’ (https://mv-pt.org/the-libor-allegations-could-affect-the-bank-of-englands-credibility/) , central bank independence (https://www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence/en/news-insights/latest-news-headlines/50037594)  or new digital currencies (https://www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence/en/news-insights/latest-news-headlines/facebook-s-libra-move-sparks-controversy-in-italy-amid-parallel-currency-row ). He has also contributed to CityAM with articles on the Eurozone (https://www.cityam.com/eurozones-push-unified-fiscal-discipline-doomed-fail/) and financial regulation (https://theoldladyofthreadneedlestreet.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/tighter-bank-regulation-wont-stop-boom-and-bust-but-it-will-damage-growth-and-prosperity/) .

Selected Publications

  • Juan E. Castañeda & Pedro Schwartz: How functional is the Eurozone? An index of the European economic integration through the single currency. Forthcoming. Economic Affairs (October), Vol. 37, Num. 3. 2017.
  • Juan E. Castañeda, ‘Euro 2.0’: a preliminary assessment of the European Banking Union and a market-oriented monetary alternative
  • Juan E. Castañeda & Tim Congdon, “Have central banks forgotten about money? The case of the European Central Bank, 1999-2014”, in T. Congdon (ed.), Money in the Great Recession: Did a Crash in Money Growth Cause the Global Slump? (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017), ch.4
  • Juan E. Castañeda, David G. Mayes & Geoffrey Wood (eds), European Banking Union: Prospects and Challenges (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016).
  • J.L. Cendejas, F-F. Muñoz & J. Castañeda, “When Money Matters: Some Policy Lessons from the Business Cycle in Spain, 1998–2013”, World Economics 15.2 (June 2014), 77-110
  • ‘The measurement of the optimality of a currency area: the US dollar, UK pound and the Eurozone’. In Castaneda, Roselli and Wood (eds.): The Economics of Monetary Unions. Past Experiences and the Eurozone. Routledge (forthcoming, 2020).
  • ‘A measurement of asymmetry in the running of the classical gold standard’. (With Alessandro Roselli and Simeng He). In Castaneda, Roselli and Wood (eds.): The Economics of Monetary Unions. Past Experiences and the Eurozone. Routledge (forthcoming, 2020).
  • ‘Confronting financial crises under different monetary regimes: Spain in the Great Depression years’. (With P. Schwartz). In Spek and van Leeuwen (eds.): Coins, currencies and crises. On money and trust from c. 2000 BC – c. AD 2000. Routledge, 2018.
  • ‘Rebalancing the Euro Area. A proposal for future reform’. Martens Centre for European Studies. Policy Brief. December 2018. Available at: https://martenscentre.eu/sites/default/files/publication-files/euro-area-reform.pdf
  • ‘Central bank independence in small open economies’. (With F. Capie and G. Wood). In M. Bordo, O. Eitrheim, M. Flandreau and J. Qvigstad (eds.): Of the uses of central banks: lessons from history. Norges Bank. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
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