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.


To Save Main Street, Tax Wall Street

Tax evasion by the wealthiest Americans is drying up our heartland communities and squelching opportunities for our young people.

5 Ways to End CEO Pay Subsidies

Ordinary American taxpayers are subsidizing excessive CEO pay. These five reforms could help end these perverse incentives for executive excess.

Treasury Secretary Nominee Steven Mnuchin Pulls an Old Trick on CEO Pay Questions

Overpaid CEOs make everybody’s blood boil. But the minute you suggest there might be a responsible role for policymakers in addressing the problem, watch out.

Why Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Might Back Down From the Job

As the Office of Government Ethics looks into Andrew Puzder, they’ll find he’s fought against basic worker productions while enjoying special CEO rewards at CKE.

Here’s What It’s Like to Work for Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee

A quarter of Andrew Puzder’s employees reported unpaid overtime, a third complained of wage theft, and fully two-thirds said they were sexually harassed.

Paid Family Leave Comes to D.C.

While official Washington digs in against paid leave, locals in the nation’s capital helped win one of the country’s most generous family and medical leave plans.

Even Red State Voters Want Action on Inequality

Donald Trump gripes about skyrocketing CEO pay. Is he ready to do something about it?

Lifting Up 2016’s Faces on the Frontlines

Through our weekly feature on, we’ve highlighted inspirational leaders fighting inequality throughout the country.

One Hundred CEOs Have as Much Retirement Wealth as 41 Percent of American Families

In the richest country in the world, why do so many millions of working people have to worry about paying their bills in their golden years?

Retirement Divide: 100 CEOs v. the Rest of Us

A new report calculates the gap in retirement assets between the top 100 CEOs and all African-American, Latino, female-headed, and white working class households.

Report: A Tale of Two Retirements

As working families face rising retirement insecurity, CEOs enjoy platinum pensions.

This City Just Came Up With a Novel Way to Fight Inequality. It Starts With Bold Grassroots Action.

Portland, Oregon has just adopted the first tax penalty on corporations that pay their CEOs more than 100 times what they pay typical workers.

Historic CEO Pay Tax Proposal Passes in Portland

Experts available for comment on the nation’s first tax penalty for extreme CEO-worker pay gaps.

We’ve Been Calling Out the Overpaid Oil Execs Trump’s Considering for Secretary of State for Years

As someone who’s been analyzing excessive CEO pay for more than 20 years, I feel like I know these guys.

Trump’s Choice for Treasury Led Foreclosures on Thousands of Families

We can say goodbye to the candidate who promised to fix a rigged economic system.

Bipartisan Unity in a Deep Red State

A politically diverse coalition fighting predatory lenders in South Dakota offers hope for all of us in a divisive time.

Minimum Wage Increases Won Big in 2016

Here’s how the key inequality-related ballot initiatives we were tracking turned out.

 Inequality Gave Rise to Donald Trump’s Presidency

 But few of the 60 million Americans who cast their votes for Trump want to see a more top-heavy America.

Ballot Initiatives to Watch if You Care About Inequality

On Nov. 8, voters in many states will weigh in on a variety of inequality-related issues, from taxing the wealthy to price-gouging on drugs.

Portland Could Be the First City to Tax Corporations With Huge CEO-Worker Pay Gaps

At a city council hearing, economic justice advocates helped build momentum behind CEO pay reform.

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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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