Chuck Collins

About Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity, co-authored with Felice Yeskel. (New Press, 2005). He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr. 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.

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.

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.

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Articles by Chuck Collins

Derailing the Dynasty Train

May 21, 2014 | In his surprise best-seller, Thomas Piketty warns that growing wealth inequality will have a corrosive impact on our democratic institutions.

Andrew Carnegie Estate Tax Billionaire

Close the Paris Hilton Loophole

April 9, 2014 | Billionaires are exploiting a tax break to pass their fortunes along to their heirs and laying the groundwork for dynasties.

Collins-Inequality for All

Our Road to Elysium

September 25, 2013 | Robert Reich's new film Inequality for All exposes America's growing wealth disparities.

Verizon Shortchanges the Facts

May 29, 2012 | The telecommunications giant twisted the truth when it said it wanted to set the record straight in the Record-Journal

CEOs Rewarded for Corporate Tax Dodging

CEOs Rewarded for Corporate Tax Dodging

September 5, 2011 | Shareholders should reward CEOs for building better products or delivering better services, not for accounting gymnastics that game their tax bills down.

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