Tony Atkinson on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy: The Work and Life of a Great Economist

Posted: 14 Aug 2017

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Anthony B. Atkinson

University of Oxford - Nuffield College of Medicine; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Nicholas Stern

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Date Written: August 2017

Abstract

We are very sad to report that Professor Sir Tony Atkinson died on the first of January, 2017, at the age of 72. Tony Atkinson was an extraordinarily distinguished academic whose works changed our understanding of poverty, inequality, mobility, public policy, and economic growth. His publications, from his first book in 1969 to his last in 2015, showed how he approached his work throughout his career: define the issues, examine the facts, analyze what forces shaped the outcomes, and ask what we can or should do in the way of policy. His longtime friend, Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, interviewed Sir Tony about his life and work on August 17, 2016, in Oxford.

Suggested Citation

Atkinson, Anthony B. and Stern, Nicholas, Tony Atkinson on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy: The Work and Life of a Great Economist (August 2017). Annual Review of Economics, Vol. 9, pp. 1-20, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3017744 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-economics-110216-100949

Anthony B. Atkinson (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Nuffield College of Medicine

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Nicholas Stern

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
Great Britain

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