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Andrea Brandolini
Bank of Italy
Andrea Brandolini obtained an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE). In June 1992, he joined the Bank of Italy’s Economic Research Department, where currently he is the head of the Statistical Analysis Directorate. He is a member of the Statistics Committee of the European System of Central Banks and vice-chair of the Committee on Monetary, Financial and Balance of Payments Statistics (CMFB). He represented for several years the Bank of Italy in the poverty commissions established by Italian governments and chaired the Istat Commission on the absolute poverty methodology. He directed with Tim Smeeding the Luxembourg Wealth Study, a pilot project aimed at constructing a harmonised cross-national database of micro information on household wealth. He chaired the council of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) and sat in the council of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ). He was associate editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality. He is a founder of the Italian demography website Recently, he was a member of the World Bank Commission on Global Poverty chaired by Tony Atkinson. He published papers on poverty and inequality, well-being measurement, labour economics, and the history of economic thought (see

Articles By Andrea Brandolini
Inequality and economics: Tony Atkinson’s enduring lessons
Posted On: 25 Apr 2017

Sir Tony Atkinson, the doyen of inequality economics, passed away in January. This article, by a longstanding friend and co-author, outlines his contributions to the analysis and measurement of inequality – and many other areas of economics, including taxation, social protection, and the welfare State. The ultimate goal of Atkinson’s research was to translate economic analysis into policy actions: economics is a tool for understanding the world and taking informed decisions on policies, but economists must strive to communicate their results beyond the narrow circles of decision-makers, making them accessible for public discussion.
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