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Rachel Griffith to be the new President-elect of the Royal Economic Society

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The Royal Economic Society (RES) has appointed Professor Rachel Griffith as its President-elect from 2019/2020. They also announced that the former Chief Economist of the World Bank and former President of the British Academy, Lord Nicholas Stern will be President of the Royal Economic Society for 2018/19.

She will join the ranks of other prestigious economists who have led the Society in its 128-year history. Past Presidents have included John Maynard Keynes and William Beveridge.

President-elect Rachel Griffith is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Co-Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at IFS.

Professor Rachel Griffith said:

“I am excited about taking on this historic role and becoming President of the Royal Economic Society next year.

“I look forward to working towards achieving greater diversity in the economics profession and to promoting more meaningful engagement with the public to create a better understanding of the economics of the world we live in.”

It was also announced that the former Chief Economist of the World Bank and former President of the British Academy, Lord Nicholas Stern will be President of the Royal Economic Society for 2018/19.

The Royal Economic Society elects their Presidents at its Annual General Meeting held during its Annual Conference. This year the Conference was held at the University of Sussex in Brighton (26-28 April 2018) bringing together more than 700 economists to discuss and present around 500 academic papers. Keynote speakers included Dave Donaldson (MIT), Botond Koszegi (Central European University) and Maristella Botticini (Bocconi).

The Royal Economic Society was founded in 1890 and received its Royal Charter in 1902. It is a learned society formed to promote the study of economic science. It has around 3500 members and publishes The Economic Journal and the Econometrics Journal.