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Tony Atkinson

Anthony Barnes Atkinson
Born (1944-09-04) 4 September 1944
United Kingdom
Nationality British
Institution Nuffield College, Oxford
London School of Economics
Field Economics of income distribution, poverty, micro-economics
School/tradition Neo-Keynesian economics
Alma mater Cambridge University
Influences James Meade
Influenced Thomas Piketty
Emmanuel Saez
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Sir Anthony Barnes "Tony" Atkinson (born 4 September 1944),[1] FBA CBE (4 September 1944), is a British economist and has been a Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford since 2005 and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.[2] A student of James Meade, Atkinson virtually single-handedly established the modern British field of inequality and poverty studies.


Atkinson served as Warden of Nuffield College from 1994 to 2005. Before that he held positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the London School of Economics, the University of Essex and the University of Oxford.

Membership and honours

He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1984, a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1974, Honorary Member of the American Economic Association in 1985 and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994.[3] He was President of the Econometric Society in 1988. He was knighted in 2000 and made a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 2001. He was the first person to be honoured with the A.SK Social Science Award by the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin in 2007.[4]


Atkinson's work is predominantly on income distributions. There is an inequality measure named after him: the Atkinson index.[5]

Schools and colleges

Atkinson attended Cranbrook School.[6]

He graduated from Cambridge University in 1966 with a first-class degree. The only other people who got a first-class degree in economics at the same time were Vince Cable and Geoff Hurd.

Selected bibliography


Chapters in books

Journal articles

See also


  1. ^ "Atkinson, A. B. (Anthony Barnes), 1944–". Library of Congress. Retrieved 17 July 2014. CIP t.p. (A.B. Atkinson, London School of Economics) data sheet (b. 09-04-44) 
  2. ^ "Tony Atkinson – Biography". Tony Atkinson – personal website. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter A". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 10 May 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Curriculum Vitae – Sir Tony Atkinson".  
  5. ^ Atkinson, AB (1970) On the measurement of inequality. Journal of Economic Theory, 2 (3), pp. 244–263, doi:10.1016/0022-0531(70)90039-6
  6. ^ "Cranbrook School – Alumni". Cranbrook School. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 

External links

  • The personal website of Professor Sir Tony Atkinson
  • Nuffield College Homepage
  • LSE Homepage
  • Income Distribution and Social Change after 50 yearsLecture: on YouTube (video)
Educational offices
Preceded by
Kaushik Basu
President of the Human Development and Capability Association
September 2012 – September 2014
Succeeded by
Henry S. Richardson

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