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Inequality and what can be done about it: an interview with Anthony Atkinson

It matters that some people can buy tickets for space travel when others are queuing for food banks

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

As the economist Anthony Atkinson observes at the beginning of his new book, inequality is now at the “forefront of political debate.” But, he insisted when I met him in London a couple of weeks ago, “this isn’t a recent problem—it’s a change that has taken place over a generation in [the UK], and in the US, too.” Nor is this a new preoccupation for Atkinson. He has been thinking about the economics of inequality since he…

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