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

Why Our Kids Are Coming in Last Place

New global research links income inequality to the poor fitness of America’s youth.

Trump Was Born on Third Base

The stories politicians tell about their successes matter — including the ones they omit.

The Debate’s Top Five Inequality Moments

Inequality circled near center stage as 100 million viewers watched the two candidates debate what to do about America’s huge — and still growing — economic divide.

Hillary Clinton Channels Her Inner Teddy Roosevelt

Her plan would generate $260 billion over ten years, exclusively from multimillionaires and billionaires, to help reverse extreme wealth inequality.

Another For-Profit College Folds

The closure of ITT Tech should be a warning to other educational institutions looking to make a dime at the expense of students.

Explaining the Rise in Median Wages

New Census data show rising incomes and shrinking poverty, although it’s not quite time to bust out the champagne.

The Anti-pipeline Movement is Gathering Steam

From Standing Rock North Dakota to Kentucky, residents are fighting big oil and gas.

Long Live the Estate Tax

Taxing inherited wealth is America’s second best idea, behind the national parks.

Americans Want to Be More Equal

Economic inequality is a problem that unites voters across partisan lines.

Maybe Donald Trump Wants to Repeal the Estate Tax Because He’s Rich

The estate tax isn’t a death tax. And the candidates who spew falsities against it aren’t the everymen they make themselves out to be.

What’s Hiding in Trump’s Tax Returns?

A fair and just tax system is an essential part of our social contract, and nowhere in that contract does it say “billionaires exempt.”

We Can Reverse Generations of Racial Economic Inequality

If we want to narrow the divide, we’ll need to make a full-throttle effort to reverse existing upside-down tax incentives.

A Post-Racial Society Wouldn’t Have an Increasing Racial Wealth Divide

It’s simply not true that race plays less of a role in economic inequality than it did in previous generations, Josh Hoxie tells the Real News Network.

America’s Staggering Racial Wealth Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better

New report suggest without public policy reform, the wealth divide between white, black and Latino families will continue growing.

The Wealth Gap Between Black and White Families Is Getting Worse

If the current trend continues, it will take black families 228 years to catch up to the current wealth of the average white family.

Report: Ever-Growing Gap

Without Change, African-American and Latino Families Won’t Match White Wealth for Centuries

Trump’s Trickle-Down Ticket

Donald Trump’s VP pick signals a commitment to slashing taxes for millionaires and cutting services for everyone else.

The American Dream Moved to Canada

We’re witnessing accelerating advantages for the affluent and compounding disadvantages for everyone else.

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.