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Top Incomes over the 20th Century

Much of the rising income inequality in the past 25 years is due to rising income shares at the very top. The share of the top one per cent has doubled since 1978, reversing the long-run downward trend.

Sir Tony Atkinson FBA, University of Oxford, will speak on Top Incomes over the 20th Century on Tuesday 20 January at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

He will examine evidence obtainable from income tax records about the upper tail of the distribution from income tax records about the upper tail of the distribution, charting it's evolution since 1908 when supertax was introduced in Lloyd George's controversial budget. Why has continental Europe been following a different path in recent decades?

Sir Tony Atkinson is warden at Nufield College, University of Oxford. He was previously professor of political economy at the University of Cambridge and chairman of the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at LSE from 1981-88. He is a fellow of the British Academy and has been president of the Royal Economic Society, the Econometric Association, the European Economic Association and the international Economic Association.

Top Incomes over the 20th Century is on Tuesday 20 January at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A. The lecture is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

This event is the first in a series of lectures to mark STICERD's 25th anniversary, featuring former chairmen of the centres.

The series continues on Tuesday 16 March with a lecture by emeritus professor Howard Glennerster FBA on Can We Afford Our Future?

For more information on STICERD, visit http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/|

13 January 2004

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