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Extreme inequality and poverty

Hardworking people can't get ahead when the rules are set against them.

What's wrong

The rigged rules of our economic and political system hold our economy back and make it tough for hardworking people to get ahead. Extreme inequality destabilizes global economies and pushes more and more people into poverty.

Making it right

Practical, smart reforms can level the playing field: Closing tax loopholes; increasing the federal minimum wage; using oil, gas, and mineral revenues responsibly; and ensuring the voices of hardworking people are not drowned out by special interests will all help reduce inequality.

Extreme inequality

Runaway inequality has created a world where just 8 men own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. We must take urgent action to reverse it now

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We need a more level playing field

Everyone should be able to earn enough to provide for their family, save for the future, and have a fair chance to get ahead. But many hardworking people struggle just to make ends meet, and don’t have opportunities to succeed.

Extreme poverty and inequality are the result of a skewed economic and political system that favors the few at the expense of everyone else. Decades of government deregulation and bad political choices have allowed big corporations and billionaires to use their immense influence on political leaders to drown out the voices of hardworking people and rig the rules to their advantage. The people who make our economy run are falling farther and farther behind, so the engine of economic growth breaks down.

We need political and economic reform to level the playing field. Governments, businesses, and citizens around the world must come together and pursue a set of bold actions that will give us a system that creates opportunity for everyone, not just a few.

Featured publications

  1. Brief

    An economy for the 99 percent

    It's time to build a human economy that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few.

  2. Brief

    Wealth: Having it all and wanting more

    Global wealth is increasingly being concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy elite.

  3. Fact sheet

    Inequality and Extreme Poverty

    The rigged rules of our economic and political system hold our economy back and make it tough for hardworking people to get ahead. But there are practical, smart reforms that will help reduce inequality and level the playing field—so people everywhere can prosper.

  4. Research

    Even it up: Time to end extreme inequality

    Using new research and examples, this report shows the scale of the problem of extreme economic inequality, and reveals the multiple dangers it poses to people everywhere.

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