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

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.

Taking on Income Inequality in Massachusetts — Almost

The movement for economic justice may have lost in court, but it’s winning in the streets.

Just How Rich are the Ultra Rich?

Some rich people fly first class to fancy hotels. Others fly private jets to private islands.

BlackHer: A New Online Platform Raises the Voices of Black Women Politically and Economically

Black women, suffering from both the gender and racial wealth gap, are using their voting power to fight back.

How to Offer Free College in California

Restore the state estate tax.

Inequality is the Undercurrent at FIFA’s World Cup

A toxic combination of exploitation, corruption, and greed tarnish soccer’s governing body.

Remembering Grenfell: Who Are Our Cities For?

Local gentrification cycles have been “supercharged” by the fact that many cities are now a global destination to park investment capital.

Back When College Was Debt-Free

America’s largest state once offered residents a world-class, debt-free college education. It could again, and so could your state.