Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for Policy Studies turns Ideas into Action for Peace, Justice and the Environment. We strengthen social movements with independent research, visionary thinking, and links to the grassroots, scholars and elected officials. I.F. Stone once called IPS "the think tank for the rest of us." Since 1963, we have empowered people to build healthy and democratic societies in communities, the US, and the world. Click here to learn more, or read the latest below.

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Thursday, August 06, 2020
Sen. Sanders' Bill Would Tax Billionaires' Pandemic Wealth Gains to Fund Healthcare
In a bold bid to share with the suffering American people a portion of the extraordinary wealth gained by the nation’s billionaires during the pandemic, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today introduced legislation that would place a one-time 60% tax on the growth in billionaire wealth between March 18...
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
When Mega-Donors Dominate Charitable Giving, Democracy Pays the Price
In advance of the 10th anniversary of the Giving Pledge, founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) documents a troubling trend of small donor declines with a parallel rise in wealthy mega-donors within the nation’s philanthropic sector. The...
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Thursday, June 18, 2020
3 Months Into COVID-19 Pandemic: Billionaires Boom as Middle Class Implodes
America’s billionaires saw their wealth increase by 20%, or $584 billion, roughly since the beginning of the pandemic, as 45.5 million Americans lost their jobs and the economy cratered, according to a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Policy Studies—Program on...
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Thursday, June 04, 2020
Billionaire Wealth Surges By Over Half Trillion Dollars During the Pandemic
U.S. billionaire’s total wealth surged by over $565 billion, an increase of 19.15 percent, since its low point near the beginning of the pandemic, according to calculations to update a report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The figures date from March 18 – the rough start date of the...
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Thursday, April 23, 2020
New Report Finds Billionaire Wealth Still Surging Compared to Median Wealth
In early April this year, as 22 million Americans lost their jobs and the U.S. employment rate approached 15 percent, the combined wealth of America’s billionaires had increased from March 18 by $282 billion — nearly a 10 percent increase. That’s among the findings in a new report published today...
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Friday, March 20, 2020
Republicans Issue Extremely Weak Bailout CEO Pay Plan
There is growing consensus on the need for executive compensation restrictions on corporations that receive emergency coronavirus crisis assistance. The question is how best to structure these restrictions to most effectively prevent taxpayer dollars from padding the pockets of executives instead...
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
New Report Highlights How Surging Inequality Widens the Racial Wealth Divide
Historic racial wealth disparities are being maintained or worsened by policies that have shifted wealth to the richest U.S. households, according to a new report released by the Institute for Policy Studies, Dreams Deferred: How Enriching the 1 Percent Widens the Racial Wealth Divide.” Key...
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Monday, November 19, 2018
New Report Exposes How Top-Heavy Philanthropy, like Bloomberg Gift, Imperils Independent Nonprofit Sector and Democracy
Michael Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion gift to John Hopkins University, is an alarming example of the problem identified in a new report, Gilded Giving 2018: Top-Heavy Philanthropy and Its Risks to the Independent Sector, co-authored by Chuck Collins, Josh Hoxie and Helen Flannery of the Institute for...
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
New Report Exposes Extreme Concentration of Wealth
The new report “Billionaire Bonanza 2018: The Role of Dynastic Wealth,” by Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie of the Institute for Policy Studies, examines the growing concentration of wealth in the United States by taking a special look at 15 dynastically wealthy families on the Forbes 400 list combined...
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Monday, March 26, 2018
Wall Street Bonus Pool Dwarfs 'Tax Reform Bonuses' and Minimum Wage Earnings While Contributing to Gender Inequality
Just-released figures from the New York State Comptroller show Wall Street banks handed out $31.4 billion in bonuses to their New York City-based employees for 2017 performance, up 17 percent over 2016. According to Institute for Policy Studies analysis of these figures: Wall Street bonuses v. ‘tax...
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