Inequality: What can be done?

Inequality: What can be done? "Tony Atkinson has done more than anyone else in helping us to understand the meaning of inequality, why it is important...and how it can be influenced." Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics and Political Science

Event date: Monday, 15 June 2015 at 5.30 PM




University of Derby

Kedleston Road


DE22 1GB

About this lecture:

Economic inequality has become centre stage in the political debate, with the US President and the Head of the IMF declaring that reducing inequality is high on their agenda. Inequality is seen as threatening the sustainability of the world economic system. But what the political leaders have not said is what they would do about it. There are repeated calls for equitable growth but little clue as to how this is to be achieved.

In this talk Sir Tony Atkinson will set out concrete policy proposals that could bring about a genuine shift in the distribution of income towards less inequality. He will identify ambitious new policies in five areas: technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation.

Drawing on the lessons of history and taking a fresh look - through distributional eyes - at the underlying economics, he will seek to show what could be done now to reduce the extent of inequality. And he does so in a spirit of optimism: the world faces great problems, but collectively we are not helpless in the face of forces outside our control. The future is very much in our hands. If we want to reduce inequality then this can be achieved.

Following the talk Sir Tony will be signing copies of his new book, Inequality: What can be done?

About Sir Tony Atkinson:

Sir Tony Atkinson is a Fellow of Nuffield College and is currently Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. He was knighted on 2001 for services to economics, and is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. His most recent books are Public Economics in an Age of Austerity, published in 2014, and Inequality: What can be done?, published in April 2015 by Harvard University Press.