Tony Atkinson and His Legacy

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Rolf Aaberge

Statistics Norway; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Deaprtment of Economics

Francois Bourguignon

Paris School of Economics

Andrea Brandolini

Bank of Italy

Francisco H. G. Ferreira

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Janet C. Gornick

City University of New York

John Hills

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)

Markus Jäntti

Stockholm University

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)

Eric Marlier

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

John Micklewright

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

Brian Nolan

Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School

Thomas Piketty

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Walter Radermacher

European Union - European Commission

Timothy M. Smeeding

University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Date Written: September 2017

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 almost fifty years’ work.

Keywords: Anthony B. Atkinson, inequality, poverty, public economics, economic theory, economic policy

JEL Classification: A1, B32, D3, D6, H00, I3

Suggested Citation

Aaberge, Rolf and Bourguignon, François and Brandolini, Andrea and Ferreira, Francisco H. G. and Gornick, Janet C. and Hills, John and Jäntti, Markus and Jenkins, Stephen P. and Marlier, Eric and Micklewright, John and Nolan, Brian and Piketty, Thomas and Radermacher, Walter and Smeeding, Timothy M., Tony Atkinson and His Legacy (September 2017). Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 63, Issue 3, pp. 411-444, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3026860 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12335

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