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Anthony Shorrocks

Anthony Shorrocks
Born (1946-10-30) 30 October 1946
Nationality British
Field Development economics
Alma mater London School of Economics

Anthony F. Shorrocks (born 30 October 1946),[1] is a British development economist.

Academic career

Between January 2001 and April 2009 he was Director of UNU-WIDER. Prior to that he was Professor at the London School of Economics and before that he worked at the University of Essex. He has also had several visiting appointments in the US, Canada, Italy, and Russia.[2]

He has many publications in leading economic journals on income and wealth distribution, inequality, poverty, and mobility.[3][4]


His first degree was a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Sussex. This was followed by a Masters in Economics from Brown University. He took his Ph.D. in Economics at the London School of Economics in 1973 (being awarded the Bowley Prize in 1975).[5]

Shorrocks index

In 1978, he introduced a measure based on income Gini coefficients to estimate income mobility.[6] This measure, generalized by Maasoumi and Zandvakili,[7] is now generally referred to as Shorrocks index, sometimes as Shorrocks mobility index or Shorrocks rigidity index. It attempts to estimate whether the income inequality Gini coefficient is permanent or temporary, and to what extent a country or region enables economic mobility to its people so that they can move from one (e.g. bottom 20%) income quantile to another (e.g. middle 20%) over time. In other words, Shorrocks index compares inequality of short-term earnings such as annual income of households, to inequality of long-term earnings such as 5-year or 10-year total income for same households.

Professional Recognition

He has been elected to be a Fellow of the Econometric Society.[3]

Noted works


Chapters in books

Journal articles


  1. ^ "Shorrocks, Anthony F.". Library of Congress. Retrieved 4 October 2014. (Anthony Shorrocks) data sh. (b. Oct. 30, 1946) 
  2. ^ "Anthony Shorrocks: Former Director".  
  3. ^ a b OPHI biography.
  4. ^ "Appendix, biographies of the authors: Anthony Shorrocks" (pdf).  
  5. ^ "UK Prof. Anthony Shorrocks appointed UNU/WIDER director" (press release). United Nations University. 19 December 2000. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Shorrocks, Anthony (December 1978). "Income inequality and income mobility". Journal of Economic Theory (Elsevier) 19 (2): 376–393.  
  7. ^ Maasoumi, Esfandiar; Zandvakili, Sourushe (1986). "A class of generalized measures of mobility with applications". Economics Letters (Elsevier) 22 (1): 97–102.  

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