RIP Sir Tony Atkinson
The start of 2017 has brought very sad news as we learn of the passing of Professor Tony Atkinson, one of Britain's best economists.
Professor Atkinson's life-long academic focus has been on the causes and consequences of income and wealth inequality and then in shaping practical policy ideas and strategies to promote more inclusive economic growth. He truly has been a giant in helping analyse and assess how society is performing. We need more economists prepared to challenge orthodoxy - Atkinson was a giant in this respect and he will be sorely missed.
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RIP Tony Atkinson -- pioneer in inequality research, founder of LIS, and a wonderful person. A tragic loss. https://t.co/uuj1DPssjS— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 1, 2017
Huge loss for economics & especially for econ of inequality, as Tony Atkinson, one of the all-time greats, passes.https://t.co/qPgSr1oGE6— Branko Milanovic (@BrankoMilan) January 1, 2017
In this superb talk at the RSA in June 2015, Professor Atkinson set out concrete policy proposals that could bring about a genuine shift in the distribution of income towards less inequality.
Only in November 2016 did he launch (to much acclaim) a major World Bank report on poverty.
Further reactions to the news of the passing of Sir Tony Atkinson is being curated here
Remembering Tony Atkinson as the architect of modern public economicshttps://t.co/rsVUBdFu38— Beatrice Cherrier (@Undercoverhist) January 2, 2017
Very sad to hear that T Atkinson died. An enormously influential economist and a great person. Best scholar of inequality for decades.— Ricardo FuentesNieva (@rivefuentes) January 1, 2017
RIP Sir Tony Atkinson, a great economist who combined a mastery of theory with a deep commitment to empirical work & policy issues. 1/2— John Cassidy (@JohnCassidy) January 1, 2017
I'm sorry to hear of sad loss of Tony Atkinson whose advice on how to tackle inequality I valued immensely. A brilliant economist & good man— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) January 1, 2017
Professor Sir Tony Atkinson RIP pic.twitter.com/rquo9RaZex— College Economists (@econccf) January 2, 2017
So sad to hear that Sir Tony Atkinson passed away. Such a loss to inequality scholarship, the social sciences, and humanity.— Kim Weeden (@WeedenKim) January 1, 2017
Farewell to Tony Atkinson, past STICERD's director, a giant of economics and a model for us all.— STICERD (@STICERD_LSE) January 1, 2017
Very sorry to hear of the death of Tony Atkinson. I talked to him about inequality in 2015 https://t.co/fMmQIOyEul— Jonathan Derbyshire (@Jderbyshire) January 1, 2017
Tony Atkinson RIP. Among many achievements, huge contribution to improving quality of data on income & wealth. https://t.co/YyIX6Hnl6U— Declan Gaffney (@djmgaffneyw4) January 1, 2017
V sad news that Tony Atkinson has died. He was a brilliant egalitarian economist, on whose academic shoulders many others have stood.— Nick Pearce, IPR (@IPR_NickP) January 1, 2017
If we are concerned about equality of opportunity tomorrow, we need to be concerned about inequality of outcome today" - Tony Atkinson
Seconded. Atkinson & Stiglitz 1st real economics book I read when I started at Treasury in 1987 - still a classic. https://t.co/djWPip0iXL— Jonathan Portes (@jdportes) January 1, 2017
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