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

Obama Is Right to Take on the Very Rich

They’re paying far less of their incomes in taxes than average Americans.

Corporate America, Ground Your Jets

The American taxpayer, reeling from the economic meltdown, doesn’t feel like subsidizing lavish jets and bonuses any more.

WANTED: A Commerce Secretary for Main Street

Obama should appoint someone who knows her way around Main Street

White Recession, Black Depression

Nearly 30% of Blacks have zero net worth. We should remember racial inequality is most pronounced during economic hard times.

The Audacity of CEO Greed

We need to get that money back, and then rein in runaway CEO pay across corporate America.

Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership for 2009 and Beyond

Mandate for Change offers a set of specific policy proposals for the incoming Obama administration on every major domestic and international topic, written specifically for the book by leading thinkers and activists in the field.

We’re in This Together

As our economy continues to decline, “common security clubs” are one way people can support each other and take action for a more just future.

An Epoch Named!

The Nation announces the winner of its “Name our Epoch!” contest.

State of the Dream 2009

Dedrick Muhammad and the Institute for Policy Studies have once again partnered with United For A Fair Economy for the “State of the Dream 2009: The Silent Depression.”

A Sensible Plan for Recovery

Americans recognize the need to act on our current crisis but detest the idea that ordinary taxpayers should bear the brunt of bailing out the kingpins of Wall Street.

Economic Meltdown Funnies

IPS and Jobs With Justice provide a lighter rundown of the economic crisis—in a comic book.

Post-Racial Racism at the Post

Claims of a post-racial society are undermined by racism in mainstream media.

Ike Wanted to Spread Wealth, Too

The wealthy of the Eisenhower years paid a hefty share of their income in taxes.

Make the Speculators Pay

Funds for the economic recovery should come from the Wall Street gamblers and the wealthy CEOs who profited from the casino economy.

The Massive Wealth Redistribution that Doesn’t Bother John McCain

Upward wealth redistribution has taken billions of dollars out of the pockets of average Americans.

Talking Points: Economic Meltdown

The following document is a series of talking points, in an easy-to-read question-and-answer format, on the key questions being discussed today about the global economic meltdown.

Analysis of Treasury Department Rules on Executive Compensation for Bailout Firms

Treasury Department’s new rules clarify some provisions in the bailout but fail to set monetary limits for CEO pay.

IPS Plan to Pay for Recovery

Where to Find $900 Billion from the Wall Street Speculators.

A Problem of Riches

Why concentrated wealth and the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us are not only bad for our economy but threaten democracy itself.