Professor Hélène Rey joins the Institut de France

LBS academic to focus on political economics, statistics and finance


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Hélène Rey, the Lord Bagri Professor of Economics at London Business School, has been elected a ‘correspondent’ member of France’s Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques (ASMP). The organisation is one of the five academies that make up the Institut de France, the French learned society established in 1795.

Professor Rey has joined the political economics, statistics and finance section within the ASMP, making her the only female member. She takes over from Baron Alexandre Lamfalussy, who was the head of the Bank of International Settlements and founding President of the European Monetary Institute, the forerunner to the European Central Bank. Baron Lamfalussy died in 2015.

After being elected to the post in November 2017, Professor Rey officially took up the role in May 2018. She will work alongside Nobel Prize Winner Eugene Fama, Professor of Economics at Chicago University, and Martin Hellwig, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods of Bonn, among others.

“I’m honoured to have been elected to the Institut de France and to be a part of this historic institution which seeks to be a force for good within society,” Professor Rey said.

“The Institut draws on its multidisciplinary academies, from economics and politics to philosophy, the arts and literature, to provide unique and independent insight for the benefit of society.”

The five academies of the Paris-based Institut de France manage around 1,000 foundations and award prizes and subsidies for French culture, humanities, science and research.