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Sir Anthony Barnes "Tony" Atkinson, FBA (4 September 1944), is a British economist and has been a Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford since 2005 and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.
Atkinson served as Warden of Nuffield College from 1994 to 2005. Before that he held positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the London School of Economics, the University of Essex (where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 1995) and the University of Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1984, a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1974, Honorary Member of the American Economic Association in 1985 and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. He was President of the Econometric Society in 1988. He was knighted in 2000 and made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2001. He was the first person to be honoured with the A.SK Social Science Award by the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin in 2007.
Atkinson's work is predominantly on income distributions. There is an inequality measure named after him: the Atkinson index.
Schools and Colleges
Atkinson attended Cranbrook School.
He graduated from Cambridge University in 1966 with a first-class degree. The only other people who got a first-class degree in economics at the same time were Vince Cable and Geoff Hurd.