J Econ Inequal (2018) 16:131–136 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10888-018-9390-1 Top incomes, wealth and inheritance: special issue in homage to Tony Atkinson 1,2 3 Facundo Alvaredo · Cecilia Garc´ ıa-Penalosa ˜ Published online: 29 May 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 1 Editorial introduction In the second of the three issues that the Journal of Economic Inequality is publishing in honour of Sir Anthony Barnes “Tony” Atkinson, we turn to what has become one of the most dynamic areas of research in recent years, the evolution of top incomes and the concen- tration of wealth. Tony’s contributions were path-breaking in the field of inequality studies, where he pioneered at a time in which the profession was paying little attention to applied distributional issues. His 1978 book with Alan Harrison, Distribution of Personal Wealth in Britain, is probably the finest example of his approach: it combines the data collection, the critical and cautious production of series, the historical perspective, and the theoreti- cal analysis. The book, spanning data from the 1910s to the 1970s, documented a massive reduction in wealth inequality over three generations. Falling wealth and income inequal- ity subsequently led, to some extent, to complacency about the
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