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M.A., Cambridge University (1966)
Role : Public economics
Academic Group : Economics
College Group : Economics
Nuffield College
New Road
Oxford, OX1 1NF
United Kingdom


Biographical Sketch

Professor Sir Anthony B. Atkinson, 1944-2017

Nuffield College is deeply saddened to report the death of Sir Tony Atkinson, who passed away peacefully in the Churchill Hospital in Oxford on 1 January 2017.
Tony Atkinson was Warden of Nuffield College between 1994 and 2005, and subsequently an Honorary Fellow. He pioneered the study of the economics of inequality: his most recent book Inequality: What Can Be Done was published by Harvard University Press in March 2015, and in February 2016 he was awarded the Dan David Prize for his work to find solutions to poverty. As Chair of the World Bank's Commission on Global Poverty, he recently completed a report on monitoring global poverty which was launched in Oxford in November 2016.
A Memorial Service will be organised later in the year. Further information will be provided here in due course.
Obituaries have been published in the Financial Times on 2 January 2017, in the New York Times​ ​on 3 January 2017, in the Telegraph on 5 January 2017, and on the Oxford University website ​on 4 January 2017.
Sir Atkinson was a Research Professor, Kt., FBA, Fellow of the Econometric Society, Fellow of the European Economic Association, Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association​.

Research Interests

Economics of income distribution and poverty. Micro-economics.​

EMoD Project

Research forming part of the EMoD project supported by the
Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)and the Oxford Martin School 

"Prosperity and Fairness", paper prepared for the Annual Research Conference of ECFIN, November 2011

"Economic Crises and Inequality"
A B Atkinson, Nuffield College and London School of Economics and Salvatore Morelli, University of Oxford
"Inequality and Banking Crises: A First Look"
A B Atkinson, Nuffield College & London School of Economics and Salvatore Morelli, University of Oxford
"The median as watershed" with R Aaberge


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