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Professor Reichlin celebrated as leading female economist

Professor Lucrezia Reichlin has become the latest economist to be featured in the ‘Women in Economics series’ – a celebration of female leaders in the field compiled by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in partnership with UBS.

Professor Reichlin, an expert in forecasting, business cycle analysis and monetary policy is a pioneer of big data and co-founder of online, real-time forecast predictor Now-Casting.

Reichlin also served as Director General of Research at the European Central Bank (ECB) during the escalation of the 2008 financial crisis, which informed her subsequent research about the effect of ECB monetary policies and the effects on banking behaviour.

Professor Reichlin says: “It’s great to have the opportunity to showcase my research and experience for such a forward-thinking programme. In what has traditionally been a rather male-dominated industry, it is important to give aspiring female economists the belief to seek the most senior positions – both as researchers and as senior leaders in the boardroom – to maximise the diversity of knowledge and thinking in the field.”

The Women in Economics series focusses on world-leading research and policy-making, with content designed to appeal to both experts and non-experts in their understanding of economics.

Hélène Rey, Lord Bagri Professor of Economics, LBS, sits on the committee which selects a new economist to feature every month.

Professor Rey, Vice President and Research Fellow at CEPR, said the decision to put Professor Reichlin forward for the series was an easy and richly deserved one. “The Women in Economics series aims to inspire diversity as well as the next generation of economists. Lucrezia is a leading macroeconomist with vast experience in both advisory roles and research, and the interests that she holds in academia, policy and practice make her a key influencer and worthy recipient of this recognition for her outstanding contribution to the field.”

Watch the UBS video interview with Professor Reichlin.