Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and is a co-editor of the IPS web site Inequality.org. Sarah’s research covers a wide range of international and domestic economic issues, including inequality, Wall Street reform, CEO pay, taxes, labor, and international trade and investment. Sarah is a well-known expert on executive compensation, as the lead author of more than 20 annual “Executive Excess” reports that have received extensive media coverage.

During the Obama administration, she served on the Investment Subcommittee of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP). In 2009, this subcommittee carried out a review of the U.S. model bilateral investment treaty. In 2000, she served on the staff of the bipartisan International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission (“Meltzer Commission”), commissioned by the U.S. Congress to evaluate the World Bank and IMF. Sarah is a co-author of the books Field Guide to the Global Economy (New Press, 2nd edition, 2005) and Alternatives to Economic Globalization (Berrett-Koehler, 2nd edition, 2004).

Prior to coming to IPS in 1992, Sarah was a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development and an editor for the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. She holds a Masters in International Affairs from The American University and a BA in Journalism from Northwestern University.

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Why CEO Pay Belongs at the Center of the Coronavirus Bailout Debate

The fact that so many Americans are facing dire circumstances now is a direct result of the exploitation economy and we should take this opportunity to change it.

In 2008 We Bailed Out Companies, But Not People. Are We About To Do It Again?

Why debate the coronavirus bill currently before Congress? When Congress rushed through a massive stimulus plan in 2008, it ended up bailing out big businesses but not regular people.

100 House Democrats Call for Cap on CEO-Worker Pay Gaps at Bailed-Out Firms

Meanwhile, Republicans have proposed pathetically weak executive pay restrictions for companies relying on taxpayer support.

How to Make the Airline Bailout Work for Workers, Not Just CEOs

The government should provide direct wage subsidies to airline workers while restricting CEO pay to no more than 50 times median wages.

Does the Coronavirus Crisis Have to End with a Wealthier Wealthy?

This time around, let’s use the power of the public purse to reduce inequality.

To Reduce Inequality in the Election Process, All States Should Allow Voting At Home

Letting people fill out ballots at their kitchen table and pop them in the mail reduces economic barriers to participation for low-income Americans.

In Blow to Privatizers, House Passes Postal Financial Relief

The bipartisan bill would ease financial challenges critics use to justify postal worker wage cuts and selling parts of USPS to for-profit corporations.

Progressive Experts Rebut Trump’s False Claims About Shared Prosperity

In his State of the Union address, the president made a poor attempt to conceal the continued rise in economic inequality under his administration.

Iowa’s ‘First in the Nation’ Contest Is Also One of the Most Inequitable

Voting must be accessible for all citizens, regardless of their income, language spoken, skin color, or whether they served time in prison.

California Debate Over CEO Pay Tax Foreshadows Federal Fight

Abigail Disney testified in support of a California state senate bill to tax large CEO-worker pay gaps before the committee voted to advance the proposal.

Threat of War Inflates Stock Holdings of Military Contractor CEOs

As long as the top executives of our privatized war economy can reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran, or anywhere, will persist.

Danny Glover Supports Landmark Reparations Fund in Chicago Suburb

The Hollywood actor spoke at an Evanston townhall in support of a new policy to use revenue from marijuana legalization to narrow racial economic gaps.

A Holiday Comeback for Toys ‘R’ Us?

Retail workers are organizing to make sure private equity firms can’t make money by putting people out of work.

How to Stop CEOs from Earning 1,000 Times More Than Their Workers

The Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act could incentivize less harmful corporate executive behavior while raising revenue that could be used to reduce inequality.

Sanders, Lee, and Tlaib Lead Effort to Tax Huge CEO-Worker Pay Gaps

The House-Senate companion bill addresses corporate America’s extreme disparities, giving firms an incentive to lift up the bottom and bring down the top of their pay scales.

Where Is ‘Line Worker Barbie’?

CEO-worker pay gaps are the clearest proof that corporations like Mattel and many others don’t respect their employees.

Paying the Boss 1,000 Times More Than a Worker Encourages Reckless Corporate Behavior

Sentiment is building to tax excessive CEO pay at public companies

We’ve Waited Too Long for Corporations to Fix the CEO-Worker Pay Gap on Their Own

A decade after bonus-chasing executives crashed the economy, we need tax incentives to push companies to narrow the CEO worker pay gap.

As CEO-Worker Pay Gap Soars, Sanders Unveils Plan

At the 50 publicly traded companies with the widest CEO-worker pay gaps, an average worker needs to work 1,000 years to earn the CEO’s annual salary.

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