Rachel Ngai



Associate Professor (Reader) of Economics

London School of Economics 

Rachel is an Associate Professor (Reader) of Economics at the prestigious London School of Economics. Her research focuses on macroeconomics - growth and development, structural transformation, labor markets and housing. "I like to look at economics from a personal experience. It is a big part of the motivation to finding out what's behind the changes in the world we live in," she adds.

Rachel was a talented and diligent student, graduating from HKUST with a number of scholarships and awards under her belt. During her undergraduate days, she went on exchange to the University of Pennsylvania which in turn led to a fellowship for postgraduate studies at the American university. After spending nearly a decade as a Lecturer at LSE, she was invited to return to HKUST as a Visiting Associate Professor.

Rachel has very fond memories of HKUST: having suffered a difficult childhood, she had needed to start work early to support her studies and it was when she won a scholarship to attend HKUST that her life started to turn around. She greatly appreciates her experience at the university. "We had a lot of guidance, plus a lot of freedom to challenge ourselves in our studies. That was wonderful, and really spurred our personal and academic development," says Rachel.


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