In his address, Sir Tony Atkinson will focus on three Ds for Data, Development and Distribution.He will argue that higher priority should be given to Data and enhanced investment in statistics as a crucial basis for policy-making. Perspective on today’s Development challenges and insight into the sources of differing economic performance, he maintains, are provided by historical data, while the implications of growth and Distribution are better understood through evidence about both the bottom 40 per cent and the top 1 per cent.
Sir Tony Atkinson is Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was previously Warden of the College. He has published extensively throughout his career and has earned several distinctions and awards.
The Lecture Series on Development in honour of Angus Maddison was launched in 2012, on the occasion of the OECD Development Centre’s 50th Anniversary, and has since become a regular event of the Centre’s Development Week. It aims to commemorate Angus Maddison, a renowned scholar on quantitative macroeconomic history and one of the founding fathers of the OECD Development Centre whose work has greatly influenced the development policy debate.