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

Luxury Real Estate Boom Adds to Risk of Climate Disruption

Should cities build new fossil fuel pipelines to power skyscrapers for the super-rich?

The Wealth Hiding in Your Neighborhood

From country farmland to big city skyscrapers, absentee billionaires may be hiding wealth in your town — and driving up your cost of living.

The Downside of Boston’s Luxury Building Boom

A new report shows the boom is not doing enough to address Boston’s acute affordable housing crisis and will accelerate economic inequality in the city.

Trump Launches Aggressive Poverty Disinformation Campaign

The middle class is starting to look poor, but the president’s Council of Economic Advisers now argues that not even the poor are poor—all the better to cut programs that serve both groups.

How the Rich Exploit Charitable Giving Rules to Hoard Their Fortunes

As taxpayers, we need to know whether a donation actually makes it to a charitable cause.

Help Spread the Word: #ToweringExcess

Help us spread the word about our report: Towering Excess: The Perils of The Luxury Real Estate Boom for Bostonians

Report: Towering Excess

The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom for Bostonians

What’s Happening to Charitable Giving in This Country?

The rich are claiming substantial tax benefits through shady donor-advised funds. How are they getting away with it?

Is Trump Lying About Economic Gains?

GDP is high. Unemployment is low. Why are we still seeing unprecedented levels of economic inequality?

As Tax Cuts Balloon the Deficit, the Trump Administration Goes After Health Care

The GOP’s trickle-down economics have never worked for ordinary Americans. Medicare does.

If You Take a Charitable Tax Deduction, You Should Actually Give to Charity

Wealthy donors are hoarding money in shady ‘charity’ accounts in the face of urgent community needs.

Help Spread the Word: #StopWarehousingWealth

Help us spread the word about our latest report, “Warehousing Wealth: Donor-Advised Charity Funds Sequestering Billions in the Face of Growing Inequality”

Report: Warehousing Wealth

Donor-Advised Charity Funds Sequestering Billions in the Face of Growing Inequality

Stop Warehousing Wealth in Charity Funds

Billions are being warehoused in donor-advised funds in the face of urgent social needs.

Our Missing $10 Trillion

Tax cuts from the Bush, Obama, and Trump years have left a massive gap in the public coffers. This hurts everyone.

The Tax Act is a Lost Opportunity to Help Small Business

For Main Street small businesses, the benefits of the Tax Act are peanuts. Nearly half of all the savings go to people making over $1 million a year.

Minimum Wage? It’s Time to Talk About a Maximum Wage

Conservatives try to laugh off the idea of capping executive pay – but it’s an idea with a distinguished history.

Why ‘Janus’ Figures to Juice Income Inequality in America

Any court ruling that limits how effectively unions can bargain on behalf of workers, even mainstream economists recognize, concentrates wealth at our economic summit.

How to Restore Taxes on Inheritances

With the estate tax further weakened, is it time to pivot to an inheritance tax?

What Ocasio-Cortez’s Win Says About the Rise of the Left

Small-dollar donations and serious on-the-ground and digital organizing are helping insurgents take back the reins of power from big money and proving voters are ready for an unapologetic leftist message.