A graduate of the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique, she went on to obtain a master’s degree in economic systems engineering from Stanford University and PhDs from the London School of Economics and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Until 2007 she was Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Woodrow Wilson School.
Her research centers on the determinants and consequences of external trade and financial imbalances, the theory of financial crises and the organization of the international monetary system. She has shown, in particular, that countries’ gross external asset positions help predict current account adjustments and the exchange rate.
Professor Rey is a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society and the EEA. She served on the editorial board of the Review of Economic Studies (2008-2015) and is currently an associate editor of AEJ: Macroeconomics. A research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and of the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), she serves on France’s Haut Conseil de Stabilité Financière and Commission Économique de la Nation, and is a member of Bellagio Group which meets for the discussion of major international economic and financial issues. She formerly belonged to both the Conseil d’Analyse Économique (until 2012) and board of the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (2010-2014). She contributes a regular column to the French newspaper Les Échos.