Program on Inequality and the Common Good

Extreme inequalities of income, wealth and opportunity undercut democracy, social solidarity and mobility, economic stability, and many other aspects of our personal and public lives.  The Program on Inequality and the Common Good focuses on these and other dangers that income disparities pose for the U.S.

Through research and reporting, this program encourages policy interventions that can reduce extreme wealth inequality, and close the growing gap between the rich and poor. Recent reports have examined the estate tax, the racial wealth gap, inequality in philanthropy, and other topics related to extreme wealth concentration. The central theme of the program is that without significant reform and a systemic view of inequality on both a national and global level, the overall wealth divide will continue to grow exponentially.

Latest Work

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Promoting Luxury Housing with an Ironic Twist

The artist behind a provocative faux sales office highlights the dangers of Boston's luxury housing boom.
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No One in the United States Should Be Poor, Period

Amazon's wage hike is welcome news, but nobody's well-being should depend on the whims of billionaire CEOs.
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Trump, Kavanaugh and the Myth of Self-Made Success

The United States is not yet a country with a hereditary aristocracy of wealth and power, but unless we address the persistent inequalities around us, we are drifting in that direction.
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Trump and the Dynasty Defense Industry

The president wouldn't have his billions without the professionalized wealth protection racket.
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Boston's Luxury Housing Boom Is Expanding The City's Racial and Class Divides

Secretly owned — and often uninhabited — luxury condos are driving up rents for all Bostonians. What can the city do?
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Luxury Real Estate Boom Adds to Risk of Climate Disruption

Should cities build new fossil fuel pipelines to power skyscrapers for the super-rich?
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The Wealth Hiding in Your Neighborhood

From country farmland to big city skyscrapers, absentee billionaires may be hiding wealth in your town — and driving up your cost of living.

The Downside of Boston’s Luxury Building Boom

A new report shows the boom is not doing enough to address Boston’s acute affordable housing crisis and will accelerate economic inequality in the city.
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Trump Launches Aggressive Poverty Disinformation Campaign

The middle class is starting to look poor, but the president’s Council of Economic Advisers now argues that not even the poor are poor—all the better to cut programs that serve both groups.
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How the Rich Exploit Charitable Giving Rules to Hoard Their Fortunes

As taxpayers, we need to know whether a donation actually makes it to a charitable cause.

Help Spread the Word: #ToweringExcess

Help us spread the word about our report: Towering Excess: The Perils of The Luxury Real Estate Boom for Bostonians

Report: Towering Excess

The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom for Bostonians
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What’s Happening to Charitable Giving in This Country?

The rich are claiming substantial tax benefits through shady donor-advised funds. How are they getting away with it?
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Is Trump Lying About Economic Gains?

GDP is high. Unemployment is low. Why are we still seeing unprecedented levels of economic inequality?
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As Tax Cuts Balloon the Deficit, the Trump Administration Goes After Health Care

The GOP’s trickle-down economics have never worked for ordinary Americans. Medicare does.
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If You Take a Charitable Tax Deduction, You Should Actually Give to Charity

Wealthy donors are hoarding money in shady 'charity' accounts in the face of urgent community needs.

Help Spread the Word: #StopWarehousingWealth

Help us spread the word about our latest report, "Warehousing Wealth: Donor-Advised Charity Funds Sequestering Billions in the Face of Growing Inequality"
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Report: Warehousing Wealth

Donor-Advised Charity Funds Sequestering Billions in the Face of Growing Inequality
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Stop Warehousing Wealth in Charity Funds

Billions are being warehoused in donor-advised funds in the face of urgent social needs.
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Our Missing $10 Trillion

Tax cuts from the Bush, Obama, and Trump years have left a massive gap in the public coffers. This hurts everyone.

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In the News

Smoke and minstrels can't hide wealth gap

The Philadelphia Tribune | October 11, 2018

Dignity is delicate

AEON | September 17, 2018

Baystate Business: Biotech and Politics

Bloomberg | September 12, 2018

Think tank sees peril in Boston luxury towers

CommonWealth | September 10, 2018

Union Membership Narrows the Racial Wealth Gap for Families of Color

Center for American Progress | September 4, 2018

Next Avenue: Critics Cry Foul Over Donor-Advised Funds

Wall Street Review | August 14, 2018