Sir Tony Atkinson 1944 - 2017

19 January 2017

Sir Tony Atkinson, renowned economist and one of the world's leading thinkers on inequality and poverty passed away on New Year's Day 2017.

Tony was a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation from 1996 - 2009 and was particularly influential in developing the Foundation's investment strategy. He was also passionate about the importance of developing research capacity by supporting young researchers. His time as Trustee overlapped with his role as Warden of Nuffield College, which helped to strengthen links between the wider 'Nuffield family'. 

The Foundation benefited enormously from Tony's insight and shrewd observations, and his dry wit made him a joy to work with. Tony is remembered with great affection by Trustees and staff, and we extend our condolences to his family. 

Sir Tony Atkinson biography

Sir Tony Atkinson was Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was a former President of the Royal Economic Society, of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association and of the International Economic Association. Tony also advised several different governments, serving on the Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth, the Pension Law Review Committee, and the Commission on Social Justice. 

He published many influential texts over the course of his lifetime, including Unequal Shares, The Economics of Inequality, Lectures on Public Economics (with J.E. Stiglitz), Poverty and Social Security, Public Economics in Action, Incomes and the Welfare State, Poverty in Europe, The Economic Consequences of Rolling Back the Welfare State, and Social Indicators: The EU and Social Inclusion (with B Cantillon, E Marlier and B Nolan), The Changing Distribution of Earnings in OECD Countries, Public Economics in an Age of Austerity, and Inequality – What can be done?. He was the founder and for 25 years the editor of the Journal of Public Economics.


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