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Measuring Poverty around the World (Hardcover): Anthony B. Atkinson Measuring Poverty around the World (Hardcover)
Anthony B. Atkinson
R566 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R117 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The final book from a towering pioneer in the study of poverty and inequality "a critically important examination of poverty around the world In this, his final book, economist Anthony Atkinson, one of the world (TM)s great social scientists and a pioneer in the study of poverty and inequality, offers an inspiring analysis of a central question: What is poverty and how much of it is there around the globe? The persistence of poverty "in rich and poor countries alike "is one of the most serious problems facing humanity. Better measurement of poverty is essential for raising awareness, motivating action, designing good policy, gauging progress, and holding political leaders accountable for meeting targets. To help make this possible, Atkinson provides a critically important examination of how poverty is "and should be "measured. Bringing together evidence about the nature and extent of poverty across the world and including case studies of sixty countries, Atkinson addresses both financial poverty and other indicators of deprivation. He starts from first principles about the meaning of poverty, translates these into concrete measures, and analyzes the data to which the measures can be applied. Crucially, he integrates international organizations (TM) measurements of poverty with countries (TM) own national analyses. Atkinson died before he was able to complete the book, but at his request it was edited for publication by two of his colleagues, John Micklewright and Andrea Brandolini. In addition, Fran ois Bourguignon and Nicholas Stern provide afterwords that address key issues from the unfinished chapters: how poverty relates to growth, inequality, and climate change. The result is an essential contribution to efforts to alleviate poverty around the world.

Inequality - What Can be Done? (Paperback): Anthony B. Atkinson Inequality - What Can be Done? (Paperback)
Anthony B. Atkinson
R385 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R82 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Winner of the Richard A. Lester Award for the Outstanding Book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics, Princeton University An Economist Best Economics and Business Book of the Year A Financial Times Best Economics Book of the Year Inequality is one of our most urgent social problems. Curbed in the decades after World War II, it has recently returned with a vengeance. We all know the scale of the problem--talk about the 99% and the 1% is entrenched in public debate--but there has been little discussion of what we can do but despair. According to the distinguished economist Anthony Atkinson, however, we can do much more than skeptics imagine. "[Atkinson] sets forth a list of concrete, innovative, and persuasive proposals meant to show that alternatives still exist, that the battle for social progress and equality must reclaim its legitimacy, here and now...Witty, elegant, profound, this book should be read." --Thomas Piketty, New York Review of Books "An uncomfortable affront to our reigning triumphalists. [Atkinson's] premise is straightforward: inequality is not unavoidable, a fact of life like the weather, but the product of conscious human behavior. --Owen Jones, The Guardian

Inequality - What Can Be Done? (Hardcover): Anthony B. Atkinson Inequality - What Can Be Done? (Hardcover)
Anthony B. Atkinson 1
R420 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R92 (22%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Inequality is one of our most urgent social problems. Curbed in the decades after World War II, it has recently returned with a vengeance. We all know the scale of the problem--talk about the 99% and the 1% is entrenched in public debate--but there has been little discussion of what we can do but despair. According to the distinguished economist Anthony Atkinson, however, we can do much more than skeptics imagine. Atkinson has long been at the forefront of research on inequality, and brings his theoretical and practical experience to bear on its diverse problems. He presents a comprehensive set of policies that could bring about a genuine shift in the distribution of income in developed countries. The problem, Atkinson shows, is not simply that the rich are getting richer. We are also failing to tackle poverty, and the economy is rapidly changing to leave the majority of people behind. To reduce inequality, we have to go beyond placing new taxes on the wealthy to fund existing programs. We need fresh ideas. Atkinson thus recommends ambitious new policies in five areas: technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation. He defends these against the common arguments and excuses for inaction: that intervention will shrink the economy, that globalization makes action impossible, and that new policies cannot be afforded. More than just a program for change, Atkinson's book is a voice of hope and informed optimism about the possibilities for political action.

Lectures on Public Economics - Updated Edition (Hardcover, Revised edition): Anthony B. Atkinson, Josephe Stiglitz Lectures on Public Economics - Updated Edition (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Anthony B. Atkinson, Josephe Stiglitz; Introduction by Anthony B. Atkinson, Josephe Stiglitz
R1,068 R736 Discovery Miles 7 360 Save R332 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This classic introduction to public finance remains the best advanced-level textbook on the subject ever written. First published in 1980, Lectures on Public Economics still tops reading lists at many leading universities despite the fact that the book has been out of print for years. This new edition makes it readily available again to a new generation of students and practitioners in public economics. The lectures presented here examine the behavioral responses of households and firms to tax changes. Topics include the effects of taxation on labor supply, savings, risk-taking, the firm, debt, and economic growth. The book then delves into normative questions such as the design of tax systems, optimal taxation, public sector pricing, and public goods, including local public goods. Written by two of the world's preeminent economists, this edition of Lectures on Public Economics features a new introduction by Anthony Atkinson and Joseph Stiglitz that discusses the latest developments in the field and areas for future research. * The definitive advanced-level textbook on public economics* Examines the effects of taxation on households and firms* Covers tax system design, optimal taxation, public sector pricing, and more* Includes suggestions for further reading* Additional resources available online

Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 2A-2B (Hardcover): Anthony B. Atkinson, Francois Bourguignon Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 2A-2B (Hardcover)
Anthony B. Atkinson, Francois Bourguignon
R4,516 R3,803 Discovery Miles 38 030 Save R713 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What new theories, evidence, explanations, and policies have shaped our studies of income distribution in the 21st century? Editors Tony Atkinson and Francois Bourguignon assemble the expertise of leading authorities in this survey of substantive issues. In two volumes they address subjects that were not covered in Volume 1 (2000), such as education, health and experimental economics; and subjects that were covered but where there have been substantial new developments, such as the historical study of income inequality and globalization. Some chapters discuss future growth areas, such as inheritance, the links between inequality and macro-economics and finance, and the distributional implications of climate change. They also update empirical advances and major changes in the policy environment.

The Economic Consequences of Rolling Back the Welfare State (Hardcover): Anthony B. Atkinson The Economic Consequences of Rolling Back the Welfare State (Hardcover)
Anthony B. Atkinson
R176 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R30 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In recent years the welfare state has come under attack from economists, and in many OECD countries there have been calls for spending on the welfare state to be rolled back. Critics argue that the size of transfer programs is responsible for a decline in economic performance and that cuts in spending are a prerequisite for a return to the golden age of full employment and economic growth. A. B. Atkinson takes such criticisms seriously, placing them under empirical and analytical scrutiny.Atkinson brings a welcome sense of balance to the debate. He warns that many currently fashionable policy proposals to roll back the welfare state could have unintended negative side effects, based as they are on an oversimplified view of the workings of the economy and of how welfare arrangements affect economic incentives. He asks whether there are ways in which the welfare state plays a positive role in the modernization of the economy. He develops new models of the labor market and of the growth of the corporate economy, which provide insight into the role and consequences of unemployment insurance, and the implications of moves to private pension funds.Atkinson does not attempt to determine whether or not spending should be cut. Rather, his aim is to clarify the nature of the charges leveled against the welfare state, so that readers can make up their own minds.Copublished with the Center for Economic Studies and the Ifo Institute

Economics in a Changing World, v. 5 - Economics in a Changing World Economic Growth and Capital and Labour Markets (Hardcover):... Economics in a Changing World, v. 5 - Economics in a Changing World Economic Growth and Capital and Labour Markets (Hardcover)
Jean-Paul Fitoussi; Preface by Anthony B. Atkinson
R3,705 Discovery Miles 37 050 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Growth patterns have changed radically over the last two decades, to which capital and the labour markets appear to have failed to adapt. Unemployment in Europe has been growing, almost without remission, to levels unseen since the Great Depression. These facts are somewhat at odds with the development of growth theory which has mainly been orientated towards an equilibrium full employment framework. The main message of equilibrium theory of fluctuations was precisely that the policy maker is impotent. Now, with the universal acceptance of endogenous growth theory, the common concensus proposition would be `we are all neo-classical for the short run and Keynesian for the long run' (investment being too important for growth to be left entirely in private hands).

Alternatives to Capitalism: The Economics of Partnership - Proceedings of a conference held in honour of James Meade by the... Alternatives to Capitalism: The Economics of Partnership - Proceedings of a conference held in honour of James Meade by the International Economic Association at Windsor, England (Hardcover)
Avril Alba; Edited by Anthony B. Atkinson
R3,127 Discovery Miles 31 270 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

]At a time of rapid change in Central and Eastern Europe, there is widespread interest in alternative forms of market economy. Is it possible to combine the best features of capitalism with the best features of socialism? The first part of the volume examines the idea of Agathotopia' put forward by Nobel-Prize winner James Meade; the second with worker participation and economic democracy, including the Yugoslav experience and the third with partnership at macro- and micro-levels.

Economics for the New Europe (Hardcover): Anthony B. Atkinson, Renato Brunetta Economics for the New Europe (Hardcover)
Anthony B. Atkinson, Renato Brunetta
R4,258 Discovery Miles 42 580 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The papers in this book examine the changes and the problems emerging in the New Europe, assess some of the forces at work and discuss various outcomes and solutions. The areas covered include labour market, including migration, unemployment, bargaining and industrial relations; the integration of eastern Europe in the New Europe; the role of the private sector in saving, and of the public sector in mobilising domestic financial resources; and the fiscal policy of the single European Market.

Handbook of Income Distribution. Vol 2B, Volume 2B (Hardcover): Anthony B. Atkinson, Francois Bourguignon Handbook of Income Distribution. Vol 2B, Volume 2B (Hardcover)
Anthony B. Atkinson, Francois Bourguignon
R2,451 R1,961 Discovery Miles 19 610 Save R490 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

What new theories, evidence, explanations, and policies have shaped our studies of income distribution in the 21st century? Editors Tony Atkinson and Francois Bourguignon assemble the expertise of leading authorities in this survey of substantive issues. In two volumes they address subjects that were not covered in Volume 1 (2000), such as education, health and experimental economics; and subjects that were covered but where there have been substantial new developments, such as the historical study of income inequality and globalization. Some chapters discuss future growth areas, such as inheritance, the links between inequality and macro-economics and finance, and the distributional implications of climate change. They also update empirical advances and major changes in the policy environment.

Handbook of Income Distribution, Vol 2A, Volume 2A (Hardcover): Anthony B. Atkinson, Francois Bourguignon Handbook of Income Distribution, Vol 2A, Volume 2A (Hardcover)
Anthony B. Atkinson, Francois Bourguignon
R2,466 R1,976 Discovery Miles 19 760 Save R490 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

What new theories, evidence, explanations, and policies have shaped our studies of income distribution in the 21st century? Editors Tony Atkinson and Francois Bourguignon assemble the expertise of leading authorities in this survey of substantive issues. In two volumes they address subjects that were not covered in Volume 1 (2000), such as education, health and experimental economics; and subjects that were covered but where there have been substantial new developments, such as the historical study of income inequality and globalization. Some chapters discuss future growth areas, such as inheritance, the links between inequality and macro-economics and finance, and the distributional implications of climate change. They also update empirical advances and major changes in the policy environment.

Age, Work and Social Security (Paperback, 1st ed. 1993): Anthony B. Atkinson Age, Work and Social Security (Paperback, 1st ed. 1993)
Anthony B. Atkinson; Avril Alba, Martin Rein
R1,440 Discovery Miles 14 400 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

One of the most important changes in industrialised societies is the trend to early retirement. This volume is concerned with early exit from employment, the well-being of the early retired, and the policy issues raised. The topics include trends in the health of the elderly, disability insurance, pension policy, gender disparities, minimum standards in old age, and the harmonisation of pension schemes. The volume is cross-country in its coverage and cross-disciplinary in its approach.

Public Economics - Selected Papers by William Vickrey (Paperback, New Ed): William S. Vickrey Public Economics - Selected Papers by William Vickrey (Paperback, New Ed)
William S. Vickrey; Edited by Richard J. Arnott, Anthony B. Atkinson, Kenneth J. Arrow, Jacques H. Dreze
R1,337 Discovery Miles 13 370 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Nobel Prize winner the late William Vickrey was one of the truly important figures in contemporary economics. Over the past fifty-five years he has published several books and some 140 papers scattered over many journals. This book offers a thoughtful selection from these papers, organised so as to bring out the scope and yet the unity of the work. Vickrey has the unique distinction of having contributed, often seminally and always operationally, to all major branches of public economics. The papers collected here cover social choice and allocation mechanisms, taxation, pricing in public utilities and in urban transportation, urban economics, and macroeconomic policies. Each topic is introduced by one of the four editors, and the book is completed with a full annotated bibliography of Vickrey's work. For the first time, we have convenient access to a set of important, creative and stimulating contributions, which have helped shape the modern field of public economics. This is a fascinating overview of the field and of the life-time work of a great economist.

Alternatives to Capitalism: The Economics of Partnership - Proceedings of a conference held in honour of James Meade by the... Alternatives to Capitalism: The Economics of Partnership - Proceedings of a conference held in honour of James Meade by the International Economic Association at Windsor, England (Paperback, 1st ed. 1994)
Avril Alba; Edited by Anthony B. Atkinson
R2,640 Discovery Miles 26 400 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

]At a time of rapid change in Central and Eastern Europe, there is widespread interest in alternative forms of market economy. Is it possible to combine the best features of capitalism with the best features of socialism? The first part of the volume examines the idea of `Agathotopia' put forward by Nobel-Prize winner James Meade; the second with worker participation and economic democracy, including the Yugoslav experience and the third with partnership at macro- and micro-levels.

Public Economics - Selected Papers by William Vickrey (Hardcover): William Vickrey Public Economics - Selected Papers by William Vickrey (Hardcover)
William Vickrey; Edited by Richard Arnott, Anthony B. Atkinson, Kenneth Arrow, Jacques H. Dreze
R1,198 Discovery Miles 11 980 Special order

The late Nobel Prize winner William Vickrey was one of the truly important figures in contemporary economics. Over the past fifty-five years he published several books and some 140 papers scattered over many journals. This book offers a thoughtful selection from these papers, organized to bring out the scope as well as the unity of the work. Vickrey had the unique distinction of having contributed, often seminally and always operationally, to all major branches of public economics. This is a fascinating overview of the field and of his life work.

Nationalstaat Und Europaische Union - Eine Bestandsaufnahme (English, German, Hardcover): Anthony B. Atkinson, Peter M Huber,... Nationalstaat Und Europaische Union - Eine Bestandsaufnahme (English, German, Hardcover)
Anthony B. Atkinson, Peter M Huber, Harold James, Fritz W. Scharpf
R2,140 Discovery Miles 21 400 Special order
Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 1 (Hardcover): Anthony B. Atkinson, F. Bourguignon Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 1 (Hardcover)
Anthony B. Atkinson, F. Bourguignon
R2,441 Discovery Miles 24 410 Special order

Distributional issues may not have always been among the main concerns of the economic profession. Today, in the beginning of the 2000s, the position is different. During the last quarter of a century, economic growth proved to be unsteady and rather slow on average. The situation of those at the bottom ceased to improve regularly as in the preceding fast growth and full-employment period. Europe has seen prolonged unemployment and there has been widening wage dispersion in a number of OECD countries. Rising affluence in rich countries coexists, in a number of such countries, with the persistence of poverty. As a consequence, it is difficult nowadays to think of an issue ranking high in the public economic debate without some strong explicit distributive implications. Monetary policy, fiscal policy, taxes, monetary or trade union, privatisation, price and competition regulation, the future of the Welfare State are all issues which are now often perceived as conflictual because of their strong redistributive content.


Economists have responded quickly to the renewed general interest in distribution, and the contents of this Handbook are very different from those which would have been included had it been written ten or twenty years ago. It has now become common to have income distribution variables playing a pivotal role in economic models. The recent interest in the relationship between growth and distribution is a good example of this. The surge of political economy in the contemporary literature is also a route by which distribution is coming to re-occupy the place it deserves. Within economics itself, the development of models of imperfect information and informational asymmetries have not only provided a means of resolving the puzzle as to why identical workers get paid different amounts, but have also caused reconsideration of the efficiency of market outcomes. These models indicate that there may not necessarily be an efficiency/equity trade-off; it may be possible to make progress on both fronts.


The introduction and subsequent 14 chapters of this Handbook cover in detail all these new developments, insisting at the same time on how they tie with the previous literature on income distribution. The overall perspective is intentionally broad. As with landscapes, adopting various points of view on a given issue may often be the only way of perceiving its essence or reality. Accordingly, income distribution issues in the various chapters of this volume are considered under their theoretical or their empirical side, under a normative or a positive angle, in connection with redistribution policy, in a micro or macro-economic context, in different institutional settings, at various point of space, in a historical or contemporaneous perspective. Specialized readers will go directly to the chapter dealing with the issue or using the approach they are interested in. For them, this Handbook will be a clear and sure reference. To more patient readers who will go through various chapters of this volume, this Handbook should provide the multi-faceted view that seems necessary for a deep understanding of most issues in the field of distribution.

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Alternatives to Capitalism: The Economics of Partnership - Proceedings of a conference held in honour of James Meade by the... Alternatives to Capitalism: The Economics of Partnership - Proceedings of a conference held in honour of James Meade by the International Economic Association at Windsor, England (Hardcover, 1994 ed.)
Avril Alba; Edited by Anthony B. Atkinson
R2,936 Discovery Miles 29 360 Special order

]At a time of rapid change in Central and Eastern Europe, there is widespread interest in alternative forms of market economy. Is it possible to combine the best features of capitalism with the best features of socialism? The first part of the volume examines the idea of `Agathotopia' put forward by Nobel-Prize winner James Meade; the second with worker participation and economic democracy, including the Yugoslav experience and the third with partnership at macro- and micro-levels.

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