Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and is a co-editor of the IPS web site 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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2016 Agendas Tout CEO Pay Reform

A proliferation of 2016 progressive policy agendas include CEO pay reform.

A Disappointing New SEC CEO Pay Rule

The latest executive compensation regs proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission won’t put any real brake on CEO pay excess. What would? We have a list!

Fast Track Bill Ignores Lessons of Financial Crisis

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Taxpayers Subsidize Restaurant Pay

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Taxes and the Martini Lunch

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Will Congress Be Duped Again on Offshore Taxes?

While the rest of us pay the sticker price, lawmakers are considering a special deluxe tax rate for giant corporations.

Burning Our Bridges

President Obama and some members of Congress think the easiest way to fund infrastructure is by granting corporations a large tax cut on their untaxed offshore profits.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: “Burning Our Bridges”

How a Tax Holiday is the Wrong Way to Fix our Public Infrastructure

‘House of Cards’ Makes a Wonk’s Day

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IMF: Weaker Unions = Higher CEO Pay

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Our 100 Most Overpaid Corporate CEOs

This new report on inequality and CEO pay ought to become an annual exercise.

Dueling Wall Street Taxes

Obama officials have presented the big bank fee as an alternative to a financial transaction tax — but these taxes address two very different problems.

The Financial Transactions Tax: Seven Frequently Asked Questions

As European countries engage in advanced negotiations over the first regional financial transaction tax, this memo aims to answer some frequently asked questions about the issue.

International Investment Rules “Out of Sync” with 21st Century Challenges

“Here we are in the middle of a climate crisis, and we have investor lawsuits against governments over policies to encourage renewable energy,” says Sarah Anderson at a UN preparatory event for the Financing for Development summit.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Paying CEOs More than Uncle Sam

As the lame-duck Congress turns to extending corporate tax breaks, a new report reveals the growing number of corporations that spend more on executive compensation than federal income taxes.

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A growing number of corporations spend more on executive compensation than federal income taxes.

The London Whale-Sized Loopholes in Wall Street Pay Reform

While the European Union’s new banker pay standards may be imperfect, they do represent tougher regulations that the U.S. can learn from.

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CEO Pay, Financial Regulations, Financial Transaction Tax, Inequality, International Monetary Fund, Tax Reform, Trade, Wages, Wall Street, Worker Rights

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