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

Health Care and the ‘Head Tax’: An Unhealthy Combination

We need to fix the health care system that has Joe Six-Pack paying the same basic tax as Jeff Bezos.

Putting the Brakes on Corporate America’s Inequality Engine

The Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act, landmark new legislation before Congress, links corporate taxes to the CEO-worker pay divide.

Are the Rich Secretly Hoarding Their Wealth in Seattle’s Luxury Condos?

According to a new study, nearly half of the units in one downtown building were owned by anonymous entities.

Michael Bloomberg Bought Gracie Mansion. Could He Buy the White House?

With personal fortunes worth dozens of billions, modern American deep pockets can afford one of just about everything.

We Need a Surtax on Multimillionaires’ Income

Here’s the simplest way to collect more revenue from the richest 0.2 percent of Americans.

It’s time for a Conquest Against CEO Pay

In 2018, fifty publicly traded U.S. corporations paid their CEOs more than 1,000 times what they paid their median workers.

Inequality and the Iron Law of Decaying Public Services

The fires ravaging California offer yet another reason to fear our grand economic divides.

How Much in ‘Inequality Tax’ Are You Paying?

The hidden burden America’s top-heavy distribution of income and wealth places on people of modest means.

US Inequality Reaching Record Highs

Sam Pizzigati discusses growing economic inequality in the US, how to employ taxation to close the gap, and the importance of unions and worker power.

Can an Economic Stat Help Narrow Our Grand Economic Divide?

Egalitarian-minded economics are pushing for a ‘GDP 2.0’ — and getting some lawmaker help.

Help Spread the Word: #WhoIsBuyingSeattle

Help us spread the word about our report: Who is Buying Seattle? The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom

Inequality Is Literally Killing Us

Again and again, studies show that the richer wealthy Americans become, the shorter the rest of us live.

Concentrated Wealth and the Rise of the Limitarian

Letting small slivers of a population amass as much wealth as they can grab might not be such a hot idea after all.

What the Felicity Huffman Scandal Says About America

Low-income parents risk jail for putting their kids in better public schools, while the rich bribe colleges to shut the poor out.

Concentrated Wealth Kills

Two new reports out of Washington trace our growing economic divide and the high price we pay, in dollars and lives, for letting that divide fester.

The Perils of Billionaire Philanthropy

The ultra-rich are using philanthropic vehicles to shield their wealth—it’s time Congress acted.

Born on Third Base: Chuck Collins Interview with The Question Lane Podcast

Inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins, who gave away his inheritance at 26, uses his perspective from both sides of the divide to deliver a new narrative.

Tax the Rich Before the Rest

Candidates should pledge that the middle class won’t pay $1 more in new taxes until billionaires put up at least $1 trillion.

Big Pharma to Pay for Opioid Crisis, But What Happens to the Money?

Big Tobacco settlements didn’t help those in need. Let’s ensure opioid settlements actually go toward helping impacted people and communities.