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

Report: Billionaire Bonanza 2017

The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us

Trump’s Tax Cuts Are the Biggest Wealth Grab in Modern History

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is nothing short of a boon to the very wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

How To Stop Corporations from Blackmailing Congress

Local institutions should start leveraging their economic clout on behalf of the low- and moderate-income communities that surround them.

This Year’s Real Halloween Horror

The family that has made billions off trick-or-treat candy has gone generations without paying any appreciable tax on its enormous fortune.

If You Want to Collect Social Security, Trump’s Tax Plan Is an Outrage

You probably pay about four times more of your income to Social Security than millionaires, who want to cut their taxes and your benefits.

No, Mr. President, the Deduction for State Income Tax Isn’t a Loophole

The one “loophole closing” Trump has proposed would actually reduce tax revenue- state tax revenue, that is.

Luxury Jets Are Getting Cheaper. That Means More Air Pollution and Traffic Jams For the Rest of Us.

The deals on luxury private jets have never been sweeter. The reality of what that means for the rest of us could hardly be more bitter.

An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate

There’s a heist coming. Arm yourself with the facts.

So Many Tax Lies, So Little Time

Three figures can explain the impact of Donald Trump’s tax plan.

Why Do So Many Super Rich Despise the Poor?

Donald Trump’s put-down of Puerto Ricans reflects a mindset that has long afflicted the awesomely affluent.

States and Local Advocates Lead the Way for Criminal Justice Reform

A felony conviction may not always mean a lifetime jail sentence, but for most it means economic hardship and financial instability for life.

The Racial Wealth Divide in Trump’s America

When it comes to wealth in the Black and Latino communities, they are significantly lagging behind their White counterparts. Will the President step up to help or continue to let them suffer?

Black and Latino Families Will Be Broke in a Few Decades if We Don’t Fix the Wealth Divide

New research shows that if the growing racial wealth divide is left unchecked, median Black and Latino families will become penniless within a few decades. It doesn’t have to be this way. 

We Get Sick, They Get Rich

Our “free market” health care system gives CEOs the freedom to squeeze us.

The Racial Wealth Divide Is Worse Than People Think — and It’s Growing

Wealthy white households control the vast majority of the nation’s economic resources, and they appear to have no idea how the rest of society lives.

The GOP is Falsely Painting Farmers as the Face of the Estate Tax Repeal

Groups that represent real small farmers with tractors actually support estate tax reform.

America is Ready for Universal Health Coverage

The United States today is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t guarantee health care as a basic right to all its citizens. The Medicare For All Act could change that.

Racial Inequality Is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class

As our country becomes more diverse, our racial wealth gap means it’s also becoming poorer.

It’s Not Too Late to Reverse the Road to Zero Wealth for Households of Color

No savings, investments or home equity. This economic dystopia looms for minority families, and so does a choice: Do we want America to be more like Brazil or Canada?

Report: The Road to Zero Wealth

How the Racial Wealth Divide is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class