The Personal Website of Professor Sir Tony Atkinson

Professor Sir Tony Atkinson was an academic economist particularly concerned with issues of social justice and the design of public policy. He has been writing on economics since the 1960s, when his first book was on poverty in Britain and his second on the unequal distribution of wealth. Together with Joe Stiglitz he wrote Lectures in Public Economics. His late work focused on top incomes, contributing to the World Wealth and Income Database, and on monitoring rising inequality across the world.


Research Interests

Professor Atkinson was a researcher in economics and focused on the economics of income distribution and poverty.

His research is concerned with:

  • Distribution of income and wealth
  • Poverty and the welfare state
  • European social agenda
  • Global public economics
  • Welfare economics
  • Long-run evolution of distribution of income and wealth
  • Global poverty
  • Top incomes and the gender divide
  • European social monitoring
  • Top incomes in British colonies


Anthony Atkinson, a British economist and expert on inequality, died on January 1st – by The Economist

Anthony B. Atkinson, Economist Who Pioneered Study of Inequality, Dies at 72 – by Sewell Chan for the New York Times

Sir Tony Atkinson, economist and campaigner, 1944-2017 – by Chris Giles and Sarah O’Connor for the Financial Times

Sir Tony Atkinson obituary – by Nicholas Stern in The Guardian

Remembering Tony Atkinson as the architect of modern public economics – by the historian of economics Beatrice Cherrier

Inequality and economics: Tony Atkinson’s enduring lessons – on VoxEU by Andrea Brandolini

Economist Professor Sir Tony Atkinson ‘pioneered the study of inequality’ – published by the University of Oxford

Tony Atkinson 1944–2017: A lifetime commitment to the study of inequality – by Agnar Sandmo in The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought

Remembering Tony Atkinson – by Janet Gornick at LIS

Putting people first: The legacy of Tony Atkinson – by Salvatore Morelli [also published here in Italian in Etica Economia]

Tony Atkinson never stopped believing in an alternative – Tom Clark in Prospect Magazine

Economist Tony Atkinson, who influenced India studies, dies at 72 – Prasun Sonwalkar in the Hindustan Times

Tony Atkinson 1944 – 2017 – Written by several colleagues at the London School of Economics

Remembering Tony Atkinson – by Richard Blundell and Ian Preston in Fiscal Studies

Colleagues from ECINEQ remembering Tony Atkinson – written by 25 of his colleagues

Professor Sir Tony Atkinson, 1944 – 2017 – by the Oxford Martin School

Tony Atkinson (1944 – 2017) and the measurement of global poverty – by Francisco Ferreira and Ana Revenga for the World Bank

Sir Tony Atkinson 1944-2017 – Holly Sutherland on Tony Atkinson’s role in building Euromod

Tony Atkinson is the economist who had the measure of inequality – by Andrew Leigh for the Canberra Times

Tony – Frances Woolley remembers her PhD supervisor

Passing of Anthony B. Atkinson – by Thomas Piketty

Tony’s Passing – by Facundo Alvaredo, Lucas Chancel, Salvatore Morelli, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman from the WID

Sir Tony Atkinson, ‘godfather of inequality research’ – in The Telegraph

The Legacy of Tony Atkinson – Great Analyst of Inequality – by Mattia Baglieri on ResetDOC

Sir Tony Atkinson – in The Times

Tony Atkinson has died – by Miles Corak

Anthony Atkinson (1944 – 2017) – by Richard Blundell and Ian Preston published on the website of the Econometric Society

Sir Anthony Atkinson (1944 – 2017) – published at University College London

Remembering Sir Tony Atkinson – by Alan Harrison and University of Essex

Sir Tony Atkinson, economist and “gentleman scholar” – by Kate McFarland in BIEN

The economist who battled against inequality has died – in Luxemburger Wort

In Memoriam – Tony Atkinson, 1944-2017 – by Ravi Kanbur on the Human Development and Capability Association website

Anthony Atkinson Illuminated the Economics of Inequality – in the Wall Street Journal

Tony Atkinson nos deja una frontera más: recuperar para la economía su carácter de ciencia moral – by Andrea Lucai (in Spanish)

Tony Atksinon, la scomparsa di un maestro – by Alessandra Casarico (in Italian)

Tony Atkinson, una vita contro la disuguaglianza – by Andrea Brandolini (in Italian)

Anthony Atkinson e l’aritmetica politica del XXI secolo – by Marco Ranaldi (in Italian)

Tony Atkinson, l’europeista – by Francesco Figari (in Italian)

Una carriera contro le disuguaglianze: l’eredità intellettuale di Anthony Atkinson – by Salvatore Morelli on ASVIS (in Italian)

L’eredità di Atkinson, il padre dello studio delle diseguaglianze – by Marta Fana (in Italian)

Nachruf auf Tony Atkinson – by Wilfried Altzinger (in German)

Der Ökonom Tony Atkinson und sein Beitrag für die Armuts- und Ungleichheitsforschung – by Stefan Sell (in German)

Der große Ungleichheitsforscher ist tot – Armbruster und Braunberger in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German)

Britischer Ökonom Atkinson ist tot – in Der Spiegel (in German)

Nachruf auf Tony Atkinson: Ungleichheit und Armut – Ulrike Herrmann in TAZ (in German)

Αντίο, Τόνι Ατκινσον – by Georgia Kaplanoglou in ‘Efimerida ton Sintakton’ (in Greek)

Ongelijkheidsgoeroe Tony Atkinson overleden – by Peter de Waard in de Volkskrant (in Dutch)

Hommage à Anthony Atkinson, le défricheur des inégalités – by François Bourguignon in Les Echos (in French)

Anthony B. Atkinson (1944—2017) – Maria Berg Reinertsen in Morgenbladet (in Norwegian)

Ulikhetene og fattigdommen kan bekjempes – Aksel Braanen Sterri in Dagbladet (in Norwegian)

Morre economista célebre por estudos sobre a desigualdade social – in Valor (in Portuguese)

Recently completed report: Monitoring Global Poverty

“I have recently completed a report for the World Bank on monitoring global poverty, as chair of the Commission on Global Poverty. The request from the Bank arose from the two-fold goals that guide its development work worldwide. The first is the target by 2030 of reducing below 3 per cent of the world population the number of extremely poor people, now defined as those living on less per day than 1.90 international dollars. The second is the boosting of shared prosperity, defined as promoting the growth of per capita real income of the poorest 40 per cent of the population in each country. The Commission was asked to provide advice on two questions. The first is: What should be the interpretation going forward of the definition of extreme poverty, set in 2015 at $1.90 a day per person in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)-adjusted dollars? The second question is: What choices should the World Bank make regarding complementary measures – both monetary and non-monetary – of poverty to be tracked and made available to policy-makers? The two parts of the Report – Parts A and B – correspond to these questions. Part A is concerned with a quite specific question; and Part B opens up the discussion to a much wider view of what is meant by global poverty. The work of the Commission was given impetus by the agreement at the United Nations in September 2015 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 1.1 – the eradication by 2030 of extreme poverty – is the focus of Part A. Part B deals with issues raised in other SDGs. The Report was launched at the World Bank on 13 July 2016 and published in September 2016 as Monitoring Global Poverty, World Bank, Washington, D.C.”

– Tony Atkinson (25 July 2016)

The full report is available here.