Knight, 2000;

Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, 2001.


Current                       Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford.



Career                        Fellow of  St. John’s College, Cambridge, 1967-71;                

                        Professor of Economics, University of Essex, 1971-76 (Chairman of Department, 1974-76);

                                    Visiting Professor of Economics at MIT, 1973;

                                    Professor of Political Economy and Head of Department, University College, London, 1976-79;

                                    Tooke Professor of Economic Science and Statistics, London School of Economics, 1980-92.

                                    Professor of Political Economy, University of Cambridge

                                    Fellow of Churchill College, 1992-94.

                                    Warden, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1994-2005


Honours                      Fellow of the Econometric Society, 1974- (President, 1988);

                                    Fellow of the British Academy, 1984- (Vice President 1988-90),

Honorary Member of the American Economic Association, 1985-

Founding Member of the Academia Europaea, 1988-;

President, European Economic Association, 1989;

President, International Economic Association, 1989-1992

President, Royal Economic Society, 1995-1998

UAP Scientific Prize, Paris 1986;

Honorary Fellow, London School of Economics 2004


Hon. Doctor of the following Universities:

    Frankfurt, 1987

    Lausanne, 1988

    University of Liège, 1989;

    Athens, University of Economics, 1991

    Stirling, 1992

    Edinburgh, 1994

    Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, 1995

    Essex, 1995

    Bologna, 1995

    South Bank University, 1996

    Louvain La Neuve, 1996

    Nottingham 2000

    London Metropolitan 2002

    Gent, 2004

    Antwerp, 2004

    European University Institute, 2004

    Molise, 2006

Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and  Sciences,1994-;

Frank E Seidman Distinguished Award in Political Economy, 1995

President of Section F, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1997;



Professional                Editor, Journal of Public Economics, 1971-1997;

Activities                    Chairman of Suntory-Toyota International Centre for

                                    Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE, 1981-87;

                                    Chairman of Economics Committee, Social Science Research Council, 1979-1981;

                                    Chairman, Taxation Review Committee, Fabian Society, 1989-90;

                                    Consulting Editor, Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Economic Literature, 1992-7;

                                    Member, Research Council of the European University Institute, Florence, 1988-1994;

                                    Chairman, Foundation for International Studies in Social Security, 1990-1992;

                                    Member, Section 37, Comité National du CNRS, 1992-1995

                                    Member, Social Justice Commission, 1992-1994

                                    Member, Economic and Social Research Council, 1994-1995

                                    Trustee, Nuffield Foundation, 1996-



Official activities        Member, Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth, 1978-1979;

                                    Member, Retail Prices Index Advisory Committee, 1984-1990;

                                    Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury and Civil Service Committee, 1982-1983;

                                    Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Social Services Committee, 1988-1990;

                                    Member, Pension Law Review Committee, 1992-3.

Member, Conseil d’Analyse Economique, advising the French Prime Minister 1997-2001

Chair, Atkinson Review of the Measurement of Government Output, Office for National Statistics



Author of the Following Books:


Poverty in Britain and the Reform of Social Security, 1969


Unequal Shares – Wealth in Britain, 1972


Economics of Inequality, 1975 second edition 1983,


The Distribution of Personal Wealth in Britain (with A J Harrison), 1978


Lectures on Public Economics (with J E Stiglitz), 1980


Social Justice and Public Policy, 1982


Parents and Children (with A K Maynard and C G Trinder), 1983


Poverty and Social Security, 1989


Empirical Studies of Earnings Mobility (with F Bourguignon and C Morrisson), 1992


Economic Transformation in Eastern Europe and the Distribution of Income (with J Micklewright), 1992


Public Economics in Action, 1995


Income Distribution in OECD Countries (with L Rainwater and T Smeeding), 1995


Incomes and the Welfare State, 1996


Poverty in Europe, 1998


The Economic Consequences of Rolling Back the Welfare State, 1999


Social Indicators (with B Cantillon, E Marlier and B Nolan), 2002