Global Economy

The Global Economy Program provides research, communications, and networking support to dynamic economic justice movements in the United States and around the world. Our goal is to speed the transition to an equitable and sustainable economy while reversing today’s extreme levels of economic and racial inequality and excessive corporate and Wall Street power. The program focuses its work on six inter-related areas:

Inequality and CEO Pay

The program collaborates with a broader IPS team to produce Inequality.org and a related weekly newsletter that highlights the latest data and the sharpest strategies to reverse extreme inequality in the United States and around the world. The program is also a leading resource on one key driver of inequality — runaway CEO pay. For more than two decades, our annual report series “Executive Excess” has drawn extensive media coverage to the issue of CEO pay and practical solutions. A newer report series, “A Tale of Two Retirements,” is the first to track the staggering gap in retirement benefits between wealthy CEOs and ordinary Americans.

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Trade, Investment, and Mining

The program works with grassroots activists around the world to advance alternative international trade and investment policies that elevate environmental, human, and labor rights above narrow corporate interests. In recent years program staff have played a lead role in supporting a successful campaign in El Salvador to defend against global mining corporations’ attempts to steamroll local resistance to harmful extractives projects.

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Black Workers Initiative

The Black Worker Initiative aims to help expand opportunities for black worker organizing and thereby greatly contribute to the revitalization of the U.S. labor movement as a whole. This program is deeply committed to helping achieve both the historic and contemporary aims of the labor and civil rights movements.

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Wall Street and Global Finance

IPS staff play lead roles in coalitions working to restore the financial sector to its proper purpose of serving the real economy. We track the reckless Wall Street bonus culture, for example through our annual “Off the Deep End” report on the size of the financial industry bonus pool versus the cost of paying restaurant servers and domestic workers a living wage. We also advance innovative reforms such as a small tax on Wall Street speculation to curb short-term trading and generate massive revenue for urgent public needs, such as fixing our crumbling national infrastructure.

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Low-Wage Workers

IPS staff play lead roles in coalitions working to restore the financial sector to its proper purpose of serving the real economy. We track the reckless Wall Street bonus culture, for example through our annual “Off the Deep End” report on the size of the financial industry bonus pool versus the cost of paying restaurant servers and domestic workers a living wage. We also advance innovative reforms such as a small tax on Wall Street speculation to curb short-term trading and generate massive revenue for urgent public needs, such as fixing our crumbling national infrastructure.

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Inequality.org

Inequality.org and a related weekly newsletter are key resources for the public at large, journalists, teachers, students, academics, activists, and others seeking information and analysis on wealth and income inequality. Here, we collect the latest developments on inequality and keep readers abreast of relevant information concerning the widening wealth gap. We highlight stories from activists on the front lines of the fight against extreme inequality and share information that can be used for ongoing campaigns.

Latest Work

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Donald Trump Is Playing 'Bad Cop' With His Extremist Budget Proposal

The president is useful to Republicans because he allows them to appear comparably less extreme than they actually are.

El Salvador – When The Seeds Of Resistance Bloom

On 30th March 2017 legislators in El Salvador approved a blanket ban on all metal mining activities in the country – the first country in the world to do so.
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If Washington Won’t Rein in Corporate Greed, Your State Might

A business owner turned state legislator is working to rein in runaway pay at the top of the corporate ladder.
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Making Wall Street Loopholes Great Again

The public faces of President Trump’s tax plan, Gary Cohn and Steven Mnuchin, are poster boys for Wall Street tax-dodging.
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Are Trump's H1-B Visa Reforms Just a Dog Whistle for His Base?

Trump’s latest executive order cannot be taken in isolation from his broader immigration agenda, which is overwhelmingly xenophobic.

Americans Want the Opposite of Trump's Tax Plan

Tax dodgers get a big break from Donald Trump's plan.
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Fighting Financial Abuse in the Trump Era

A Wall Street reform organizer is encouraged by a surge of activism to protect consumers against the unregulated prepaid debit card industry.
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You Pay Your Fair Share. Shouldn’t Wall Street?

While you and I file our taxes, Republicans want to make it even easier for big banks to dodge them.
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Marching for Trump Tax Transparency

Activists have organized Tax Day marches across the country to demand the release of Trump’s tax returns — and send a message about a tax system that enriches the wealthy.
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How An International Grassroots Campaign Beat Metal Mining Corporations

Against overwhelming odds, El Salvador won its long battle for water.
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El Salvador Votes for Water over Gold

After a 12-year struggle, Salvadoran lawmakers voted to ban mining for metals.
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Four Wall Street Bonus Charts That May Make You Scream

The culture that led to the 2008 financial crisis continues to flourish.

A Labor Trafficking Survivor Speaks Out

A new report helps quantify the abusive patterns experienced by survivors of human trafficking by following the stories of over 100 domestic workers.
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Drug Industry CEOs Are Profiting off Our Opioid Epidemic

A labor leader whose son was a victim of the opioid epidemic has inspired a campaign to crack down on these pain profiteers.
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Black Workers Are Organizing at Nissan

Sanchioni Butler is organizing where barriers to unionization are the highest.
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A Wake-Up Call For Trump's Trade Agenda

The investor-state provisions in NAFTA don't help workers. Instead, they hand enormous power to corporations to bully governments into undoing measures to protect workers, the environment, and public health.

To Save Main Street, Tax Wall Street

Tax evasion by the wealthiest Americans is drying up our heartland communities and squelching opportunities for our young people.
$9.54 a Second: Why CEOs Fight on Wages

5 Ways to End CEO Pay Subsidies

Ordinary American taxpayers are subsidizing excessive CEO pay. These five reforms could help end these perverse incentives for executive excess.
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The Great Donald Trump Confidence Trick: Symbolism Over Substance

The executive orders signed on Monday will raise mortgage costs and healthcare premiums for the very people the new president claims to champion.
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Here's What It's Like to Work for Trump's Labor Secretary Nominee

A quarter of Andrew Puzder's employees reported unpaid overtime, a third complained of wage theft, and fully two-thirds said they were sexually harassed.
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Reports

Report: The CEO Pay Tax Break in the Republican Health Care Proposal

The cost of removing Obamacare limits on the tax deductibility of executive compensation, based on pay data at the top 5 insurers.

Report: The Wall Street Bonus Pool and Low Wage Workers

The 2016 bonus pool held enough dollars to lift the pay of all of the country's more than 3 million servers up to $15 an hour.

Report: A Tale of Two Retirements

As working families face rising retirement insecurity, CEOs enjoy platinum pensions.

Help Spread the Word: #CanURetire

Help us spread the word about our latest report, "A Tale of Two Retirements: As Working Families Face Rising Retirement Insecurity, CEOs Enjoy Platinum Pensions."

Executive Excess 2016: The Wall Street CEO Bonus Loophole

This 23rd annual report reveals how taxpayers are subsidizing financial crisis windfalls.

Utilities Pay Up

How ending tax dodging by America's electric utilities can help fund a job-creating, clean energy transition.

Mining, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Conflict: OceanaGold and the El Dorado Foundation in El Salvador

This study finds that OceanaGold’s attempt to rebrand its proposed gold mine in El Salvador through the use of a company-sponsored foundation at the local level is deceitful, disrespectful and dangerous

Off the Deep End: The Wall Street Bonus Pool and Low-Wage Workers

The financial industry’s 2015 bonuses were double the combined earnings of all Americans who work full-time at the federal minimum wage.

CEO Stock(ing) Stuffers

Loophole allowed 10 companies to shave $180 million off their taxes for CEO pay last year.

A Tale of Two Retirements

One hundred CEOs have as much in retirement assets as 41 percent of American families.

Executive Excess 2015: Money to Burn

This 22nd annual report reveals how CEO pay is accelerating climate change.

Peoples Sovereignty vs. Impunity Inc.: Counterpower and Struggles for Justice

A new book from the Transnational Institute (TNI) includes the article "The Pacific Rim - Oceana Gold Case against El Salvador; impunity and violations of human rights, democracy and human rights", written by IPS Associate Fellow Manuel Perez-Rocha

TTIP - Why the World Should Beware

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated – practically in secret – between the European Union and the United States of America.
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Burning Our Bridges

President Obama and some members of Congress think the easiest way to fund infrastructure is by granting corporations a large tax cut on their untaxed offshore profits.
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Off the Deep End: The Wall Street Bonus Pool and Low-Wage Workers

The financial industry’s 2014 bonuses were double the combined earnings of all Americans who work full-time at the federal minimum wage.
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Fleecing Uncle Sam

A growing number of corporations spend more on executive compensation than federal income taxes.
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Darden’s Golden Goodbyes

While the chain restaurant giant’s servers face economic uncertainty, three top executives are sailing away with $68 million in compensation

Executive Excess 2014: The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay

This 21st annual report reveals hefty taxpayer savings from a little-known Affordable Care Act executive compensation reform.
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Walmart's Executive Bonuses Cost Taxpayers Millions

New report reveals that Walmart cut its taxes by $104 million by giving executives lavish "performance-based" bonuses.

A Call for the Building of an Alternative Legal Framework to the International Investment Treaties: favoring the Public Interest while doing away with Transnational Corporate Impunity

An analysis of the international investment agreements’ regime, a series of proposed principles for the construction of alternative frameworks for international investment and a call for the discussion and construction of a basic common agenda.

Experts

John Cavanagh

John Cavanagh

Executive Director

Marc Bayard

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Black Worker Initiative, Global Economy

Ron Carver

Ron Carver

Associate Fellow

Global Economy

Manuel Perez-Rocha

Manuel Perez-Rocha

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Global Economy

In the News

Corporate Boons in Republican Health Care Bill Draw Fire

Courthouse News Service | March 8, 2017