Hélène Rey is a leader in macroeconomics and international economics who specializes in external trade, financial imbalance, and the theory of financial crises. Recent work established a predictive link between a country’s gross external asset positions and its current account adjustments and exchange rates.
Rey joined the faculty of the London School of Business in 2007. In the past she has held permanent faculty positions at Princeton University, beginning in 2000, and the London School of Economics, starting in 1997. At present, she holds positions on two nonpartisan economic advisory bodies in France—one that advises the office of the Prime Minister, and another that regulates banks and insurance companies. She is also currently an associated editor of the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the International Journal of Central Banking, and the International Journal of Finance and Economics. She has also held editorial roles with the Journal of the European Economic Association and the Economic Journal.
Rey was honored in 2013 with the Yrjö Jahnsson Award. In 2012 she was the the inaugural recipient of the European Economic Association's Birgit Grodal Award, a prize now given annually to honor a distinguished female economist based in Europe. In 2006, she was awarded the Bernacér prize, which each year honors Europe’s best macroeconomist under the age of 40. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation granted her a research fellowship in 2005. Over the course of her career, Rey has been elected to membership in the British Academy, the council of the European Economic Association, the advisory board of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, and the council of the Royal Economic Society.
Rey earned doctorates from the London School of Economics and France’s École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, both in 1998. She completed a master’s at Stanford University in 1994.