Professor Stephen Jenkins of the Department of Social Policy has been elected as President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ)from July 2019 to July 2021. After this period he becomes President for the following two years, 2021-2023, succeeding the economist Professor Thomas Piketty. The election was announced at ECINEQ’s biannual conference in Paris 3-5 July 2019.
The election at the ECINEQ follows his Presidency at the International Association for Research on Income and Wealth (IARIW). Professor Jenkins is the only person who has been chosen to be President of both organisations, two of the leading international organisations devoted to the analysis of income distribution in general and inequality, having held the role of IARIW president between 2006-8.
Commenting on his election, Professor Jenkins said: “Inequality is one of the most pressing issues of the moment in many countries around the world. It’s a privilege and honour to be president of a leading scientific association devoted to its study. LSE is a world-renowned centre for inequality studies, and it’s great to have this added recognition. This will also be bolstered by the hosting of the 2021 ECINEQ Conference, the organisation of which is one of the main activities of my presidency.”
Professor Jenkins was also made Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Association of Economists at its annual conference in July 2019. The Distinguished Fellow award, made annually, is reserved for distinguished New Zealand economists to recognise their contribution to the development of economics.