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

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.

For Minimum Decency, a Maximum Wage

Amid rising inequality, a new book argues, the notion of capping income has suddenly become politically plausible.

Help Spread the Word: #CollegeForAll

Help us spread the word about our latest report, “Restoring Opportunity: Taxing Wealth to Fund College for All in California”

Report: Restoring Opportunity in California

Taxing Wealth to Fund College for All in California

How to Tax Luxury Housing to Fund Social Housing

Taxing high-end real estate transfers can help keep city living affordable for everyone.

My Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade

While millions of students rack up college debt and gain no skills, millions of high-paying trade jobs sit empty.

A New Progressive Standard on Campaign Cash: It Can’t Come from Corporations

PACs aren’t sitting well with left-leaning voters, leading candidates to move away from a reliance on corporate funding.

Time to Tax the ‘Swanktuaries’

Luxury buildings drive up housing costs, suck up energy, and help rich people warehouse wealth. They should pay a lot more than property taxes.

Five Tax Myths Debunked

It’s easy to get lost in the noise from pundits and politicians who thrive on the tax code’s complexity.

White Amnesia and the Racial Wealth Divide

Chuck Collins speaks with Richard Rothstein about The Color of Law, his new book on the government’s role in segregating the United States.

Cable TV Ignores Inequality. Here’s How to Get Around It.

More than 1.7 million viewers tuned in to Bernie Sanders’ inequality town hall streamed on Facebook Live, with tens of thousands more watching it later.

Business Leaders Agree: Inequality Hurts The Bottom Line

A growing number of corporate leaders say it’s time for them to start sharing the wealth.

A Media Mogul’s Noble Challenge to Moguldom

The newspaper publishing giant E.W. Scripps would be deeply distressed to see what has become of his namesake company – and beloved country.

How Gary Cohn and Andrew Mellon Both Failed America

Mellon’s failure greased the nation’s way into a decade of Great Depression. Will Cohn’s tax-cuts do the same?