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

Help Spread the Word: #RacialWealthGap

Help us spread the word about our latest report, “The Ever-Growing Gap: Without Change, African-American and Latino Families Won’t Match White Wealth for Centuries”

We Should Take a Lesson from the Nordic Countries on Inequality

George Lakey’s new book, Viking Economics explains how the Nordic countries achieved their egalitarian society and high standard of living by addressing inequality.

Who and Where are America’s Working Poor?

Almost half of U.S. workers earn less than $15 an hour. This new report details their struggles.

Resilience + Resistance: A Recipe for Justice and Sustainability

In order to achieve climate justice, we must use both resistance to interrupt and prevent encroachment by a politically powerful fossil fuel industry and resilience to build new skills and institutions for sustainable communities.

A Commencement Address for the Most Indebted Class Ever

The average debt for a college graduate is $37,000 and the system is trying to squeeze you harder than any generation before. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Estate Tax to the Rescue

If nothing changes in our tax code, the wealthiest 1 percent will claim half of all U.S. wealth in just 20 years.

What the Public Wants: A Guide for Clueless CEOs

CEOs who avoid taxes, squeeze their customers, and refuse to pay a fair wage can’t seem to understand why the rest of America is so upset.

Radio Interview: The Tax Code Equals Inequality

The system is unfair — which Is why we dread this day. A “Who What Why’ radio interview with IPS’s Chuck Collins.

Four Common Tax Confusions

Quick comebacks to the regressive tax rhetoric you hear on the radio and around the dinner table.

Before Bankruptcy, Peabody Execs Feasted on Climate Disaster

Peabody Energy filed for bankruptcy today, but its top executives will still be enjoying the millions they pocketed before the collapse of coal.

Panama Papers Expose the Hidden Wealth of the World’s Super-Rich

This massive leak of transactions involving 214,488 offshore corporations, covering 40 years of activity, will boost the global movement to recapture trillions of the hidden wealth of nations.

General Electric to Pay Taxes: The Prank that Cost $3.5 Billion in Market Capitalization

Breaking from decades of aggressive tax avoidance, General Electric announced they will pay taxes in their future hometown…If only.

These Millionaires Want Wall Street to Close its Carried Interest Tax Loophole

A network of 200 business leaders and high net worth individuals, are making their case in Albany for closing this egregious Wall Street handout.

Remembering Martin Sabo, A Champion of Fairness

Representative Martin Sabo fought for working people to reduce inequality. We’re proud to have worked alongside him.

Unequal ZIP Codes

The gap between richest and poorest communities grows, a reality plain to see in America’s heartland.

Game Changers: How We Can Unrig the Rules and Reverse Runaway Inequality

Eight bold solutions, rooted in social movements, that can break through our broken political system.

Rubio: Eliminate Taxes on All Capital Gains?

Cutting all taxes on investments was a bad idea sixteen years ago and remains a bad idea today.

Zuckerberg on Track for Trillionaire?

The Facebook founder saw his wealth ranking jump while others sink. At his age, he appears to be the most likely candidate for the world’s first trillionaire.

The Housing Crisis Unfolding in America’s Destination Towns

People with working-class jobs in U.S. beach towns and ski resorts are getting pushed away by exorbitant housing costs.

The Latest on the Racial Wealth Gap

New analysis shines spotlight on the growing racial disparity in wealth with up-to-date figures and cutting edge public policy solutions.