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.


It’s Time to Rein in Wall Street Pay

Five years after Dodd-Frank, we’re still waiting for Wall Street pay reforms.

The 3 Most Asinine Corporate Arguments Against CEO-Worker Pay Disclosure

As Dodd-Frank turns five, the SEC hasn’t been able to put the regulations into practice.

Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances

Critics of the TPP forged relationship with foreign allies, firmed up union positions, and forced some concessions on the secrecy of the text.

Why JFK Wouldn’t Recognize Today’s Free Trade Deals

As President Obama tries to save the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week, debates over the goals of free trade intensifies.

Why Democrats Should Think Twice About Voting for TPP

As President Obama twists arms to pass “fast track,” a look back at the Democrats who helped Clinton win the bloody trade battle of 1993.

Inequality in the Digital Economy

A new special issue of The Nation brings an inequality frame to our current cyber world.

How the Civil War Never Ended for Black America

By righting a 150-year-old wrong, re-enactors aim to help remedy long untreated ills at the root of today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement

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

Congress and the Obama administration make clear they have not learned from two decades of failed trade policies and a devastating financial crisis in pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership forward.

Taxpayers Subsidize Restaurant Pay

A new report reveals just how much the restaurant industry’s current low-wage model costs ordinary taxpayers.

Taxes and the Martini Lunch

Restaurant jobs are among the lowest paid, but corporate executives get big tax write-offs for their business lunches.

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

In 15 seconds, this hit series may have exposed more people to America’s biggest CEO pay loophole than 15 years of studies and reports.

3 Charts That Show Just How Much Wall Street Bonuses Swamp Low-Wage Worker Pay

We’re unfairly rewarding the people whose work we couldn’t do without, such as taking care of the elderly.

Off the Deep End: The Wall Street Bonus Pool and Low-Wage Workers

The financial industry’s 2014 bonuses were double the combined earnings of all Americans who work full-time at the federal minimum wage.

IMF: Weaker Unions = Higher CEO Pay

Researchers at the International Monetary Fund are detailing just how much societies suffer — and top execs grab — when trade unions have no strong presence.

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