Anthony Atkinson

The economist who battled against inequality has died

Anthony Atkinson, pictured, died on January 1, aged 73.
Anthony Atkinson, pictured, died on January 1, aged 73.
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Influential British economist and President of the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Anthony Atkinson died on January 1, aged 73. 

Sir Anthony Barnes "Tony" Atkinson, CBE, FBA was a British economist, Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.

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Atkinson studied economics at the University of Cambridge. He is the author and publisher of numerous books and has published over 140 essays in economic journals. In 2000, he was ennobled by the British Queen for his services.

"He truly has been a giant in helping analyse and assess how society is performing," writer Geoff Riley wrote on Monday, adding: "We need more economists prepared to challenge orthodoxy - Atkinson was a giant in this respect and he will be sorely missed.

LIS (Luxembourg Income Study), the body for which Anthony Atkinson served as President, is a cross-national data centre which serves a global community of researchers, educators, and policy makers. It acquires datasets with income, wealth, employment, and demographic data from a large number of countries, harmonises them to enable cross-national comparisons, and makes them available for public use by providing registered users with remote access.

An exceptional scholar of poverty and inequality

LIS paid tribute to the economist on its website by writing: "Tony was an exceptional scholar of poverty and inequality, but mostly of all he will be remembered by the LIS staff for his incredible wisdom, his great modesty, his wonderful gentlemanliness, and the very much sought and followed guidelines that he has been giving us along all these years."

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