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

Change to Believe In

Forty years after the Kerner Commission report, the nation remains divided into separate and unequal societies.

Want to Stimulate the Economy? Tax the Wealthy

Underlying our economic crisis is a polarization of income and wealth.

State of the Dream 2008

IPS and United for a Fair Economy find the subprime lending crisis is causing the greatest loss of wealth to people of color in modern U.S. history.

Estate Tax Is Fairest Means of Building Revenue

Congress finally has a chance to have a sober discussion about how to responsibly reform the estate tax.

The Moral Measure of the Economy

Measures the U.S. economy against gospel values.

Ten Blockbuster Hearings

Here’s how the Democratic Party’s new majority in Congress can start making a real difference in Washington.

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity (Second Edition)

A revised paberback following the 2004 presidential election, a graphic portrait of the growing gap between the rich and everyone else in America.

Taking Back the Corporation: A Mad as Hell Guide

Not so long ago, corporate America was widely respected. Not anymore. Taking Back the Corporation tells us how to take it back.

Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes

Weaving personal narratives, history, and plenty of solid economic sense, Gates and Collins make a sound and compelling case for estate tax reform, not repeal.