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

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America is Ready for Universal Health Coverage

The United States today is the only industrialized nation that doesn't guarantee health care as a basic right to all its citizens. The Medicare For All Act could change that.

Racial Inequality Is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class

As our country becomes more diverse, our racial wealth gap means it's also becoming poorer.

It's Not Too Late to Reverse the Road to Zero Wealth for Households of Color

No savings, investments or home equity. This economic dystopia looms for minority families, and so does a choice: Do we want America to be more like Brazil or Canada?

Report: The Road to Zero Wealth

How the Racial Wealth Divide is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class

Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You

Big money will pull out all the stops to sell you a tax plan that exclusively benefits the wealthy. Don’t buy it.

Teachers Shouldn't Have to Panhandle to Prep for a New School Year

The rich who run America's retail empires are conniving to slash the tax revenue that goes to America's public schools.
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The Activists Who Helped Shut Down Trump’s CEO Councils

It took months of activist pressure for Trump's billionaire backers to finally back away from him.
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The Alt-Right and the 1%

When President Trump equated white supremacists with anti-racism protesters, he was sending a message to the thugs in the streets and to some in executive suites.
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Stop the Buzz Killing Beer Barons

Two conglomerates control 90 percent of the beer market, and that's costing you bucks.
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The Clever Games Tax ‘Reformers’ Play

Will corporate tax receipts increase under the Trump tax plan? Will the income individuals report decline? Only one thing is sure: The rich will come out ahead.
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Wall Street Loan Sharks Preying on Neighborhoods

Alumni of the Contract Buyers League regroup to fight back.
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No, Affirmative Action Isn’t Keeping White Students Down

Enrollment rates are still higher for whites than blacks or Latinos. Now is the worst time to roll back affirmative action.
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Why Martin Shkreli Won’t Be the Last Pharma Bro

How Shkreli got rich in the first place remains not just legal but celebrated.

Report: Reversing Inequality

Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy
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Rising Angst Among Defenders of Overpaid CEOs

Efforts to repeal CEO-worker pay ratio disclosure continue, but the odds of success are growing longer.
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A Private-Sector Case Against Exploitation

In his new book, Peter Georgescu argues that capitalists have a vested interest in curbing wealth inequality.
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Democrats' 'Better Deal' Isn't Much Better

Working Americans are hungering for a policy agenda daring enough to take on corporate greed. The Democratic Party's “Better Deal” isn't that.

8 Lessons U.S. Progressives Can Learn From the U.K. Labour Party

As of mid-July, Labour is 8 percentage points ahead of the Conservatives. Here’s how they did it.
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On 'The World' the Wealthy Cut Themselves Off from the 'Real World'

Is the world's finest floating luxury condo complex the ultimate human experience or is it another sure sign of an economic order gone hopelessly haywire?
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On Fighting Inequality, Which Nations Do More than Pay Lip Service?

Two global groups have joined to create a first-ever yardstick for holding our world's top politicos accountable, nation by nation, for narrowing our grand divides.
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In the News

Trump Says A Corporate Tax Cut Would Create More Jobs

Insurance News Net | September 30, 2017

Opinion: The deep, deep cynicism of ‘tax reform’

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | August 30, 2017

Corporate Tax Cuts Don't Mean More Jobs

BuzzFlash | August 30, 2017