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Atkinson’s Guardian Letter Spotlights Institute Funding Of Key Inequality Database

Fri, 09 May 2014 15:08:30 GMT

Institute was Among the Core Sponsors of Research Behind Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century

The following letter from Sir Tony Atkinson of the University of Oxford, who is researching the issue of inequality under a grant from the Institute For New Economic Thinking, appeared in the May 8 issue of The Guardian newspaper.

Thank you for recognising in your editorial that behind (Thomas) Piketty's impressive recent book lie years of statistical work on income inequality by many researchers in this and other countries. They in turn would like to acknowledge the financial support provided in the UK for this work by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Programme for Economic Modelling at the Oxford Martin School. Without their support over the years for what was then an unfashionable area of economic research, and the encouragement it gave to promising young scholars, the current public debate would be less well informed.

Professor Tony Atkinson
, Oxford

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