The Royal Economic Society has appointed IFS Research Director Professor Rachel Griffith as its new President for 2019/20. Rachel is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, Research Director of the IFS and Co-Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP).
She is the Society’s first female President in over 35 years and becomes only the second woman to hold the post in the Society’s 129-year history.The Society also named Professor Carol Propper (Imperial College London) as President-Elect for 2019/20. They will join the ranks of other prestigious economists who have led the Society since it was formed in 1890.
Welcoming her appointment, Rachel said:
“I am looking forward to my year as President of the Royal Economic Society. The Society plays an important role in promoting the study of economics in the UK and around the world.
“I believe that we have a great opportunity over the next year to shape how economics is perceived and to encourage greater diversity in the economics profession.”