Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It.

He is co-author with Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life. His forthcoming book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green, Fall 2016).

He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. This network merged in 2015 with the Patriotic Millionaires.

In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.

Latest

money-healthcare-taxes

Congress Wants to Cut Your Health Care — And Billionaires’ Taxes

But health care costs, not corporate taxes, are the real drain on the U.S. economy.

Local Action Pushes CEO-Worker Pay Gap Reform

With national policy likely to compound the income and wealth gap in the coming years, states and localities are fighting back.
Dickason-Higher-Ed-Not-Debt-Light-Brigading

Here's Your Diploma, Graduates — and Your Debt

44 million households now hold $1.4 trillion of student debt.
ceo-pay-ratio

CEOs Now Make 300 Times More Than Their Workers. This City Is Putting a Stop to That.

Abandoned by Congress, Portland is putting an end to its staggering CEO-worker pay ratio.
under-water-mortage-debt-finances-inequality

More Americans Are Drowning Financially in Underwater Nation

20% of Americans have zero or negative net worth—and that number is growing.

Trump's Proposed Budget Would Spell Disaster for Low-income Communities

The administration wants massive cuts to public services, but his base depends on an engaged federal government, IPS economic inequality expert Chuck Collins tells Rising Up with Sonali.

A Window Opens Into Trump’s Tax Returns

Trump Would Benefit From His Tax Reform Proposal
Fat Cats

Wall Street Hopes You’ve Forgotten the Crash Already

The most pro-Wall Street White House we've ever seen is betting you've forgotten the 2008 crash.
billionaire-class-wealth

To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won’t Save You

The only solution is to bring your wealth home and invest in community resilience to ensure the survival of all.
Unequal wealth

'Pocket Pikkety' Offers A Summarized Inequality Analysis For The Busy Activist

Love Thomas Piketty, but don’t have the time for his brick of a book? Here’s the perfect pocket-sized reader to get you up to speed on what all the inequality hype is about.
Wall Street CEO Pay

Wall Street Is Occupying the Executive Branch

Trump’s executive order rolling back financial regulations could "seed the next economic meltdown," IPS economic inequality expert Chuck Collins told KCRW.
Mansion Estate

Trump’s First Test on Taxes

Trump's voters didn't vote to make the richest richer, but the Republican Congress is about to.
mobile-home-born-third-base

Calling on the Wealthy to Help Stop Our Racial and Economic Apartheid

Collins' new book Born on Third Base explains how our wealth divide isn't in anyone's interest.

Perils of Top-Heavy Philanthropy

Charities are increasingly reliant on larger donations from a smaller number of high net-worth donors.

When Billionaires Dominate Philanthropy

Unchecked, private foundations can become blocks of concentrated unaccountable power with considerable clout in shaping our laws and culture.

Building a New Populism in the Era of Trump

With a little good faith, liberals and conservatives can work together to tackle the real issues putting the American Dream out of reach.

New IPS Report Warns of Increasingly Top-Heavy Philanthropy

Concentrated Giving by Wealthy Donors along with Falling Donations by Non-Wealthy Pose Risks to Independent Sector and Civil Society

Report: Gilded Giving

Top-Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality
Bernie Sanders giving speech

The Two Sides of Populism

Growing inequality helps explain the rise of both Sanders and Trump. Understanding these dynamics can create the potential for serious radical change.
inequality-trump-election

 Inequality Gave Rise to Donald Trump’s Presidency

 But few of the 60 million Americans who cast their votes for Trump want to see a more top-heavy America.

Program Director

Program on Inequality and the Common Good

chuck@ips-dc.org

617-477-8630 x301

Topics of Interest

Dynasty Trusts, Estate tax, Hidden Wealth, Inequality, New Economy, Offshore Taxes, Philanthropy, Progressive Populism, Racial Wealth Gap, Tax Reform, Tax subsidies