Tony Atkinson and His Legacy

31 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2017

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Andrea Brandolini

Bank of Italy

Stephen P. Jenkins

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

John Micklewright

Institute of Education; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

Tony Atkinson is universally celebrated for his outstanding contributions to the measurement and analysis of inequality, but he never saw the study of inequality as a separate branch of economics. He was an economist in the classical sense, rejecting any sub-field labelling of his interests and expertise, and he made contributions right across economics. His death on 1 January 2017 deprived the world of both an intellectual giant and a deeply committed public servant in the broadest sense of the term. This collective tribute highlights the range, depth and importance of Tony's enormous legacy, the product of over fifty years' work.

Keywords: Anthony B. Atkinson, inequality, poverty, public economics

JEL Classification: D3, H00, I3

Suggested Citation

Brandolini, Andrea and Jenkins, Stephen P. and Micklewright, John, Tony Atkinson and His Legacy. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10869. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2998978

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