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.


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.

Fleecing Uncle Sam

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.

Darden Launches Unfounded Attack on IPS Research — Again

For the second time, the restaurant giant is using disinformation to distract attention from IPS calculations on the company’s CEO-worker pay gap.

Darden’s Golden Goodbyes 

While the restaurant giant’s workers face heightened economic uncertainty, three top executives are sailing away with gilded fortunes

Darden’s Golden Goodbyes

While the chain restaurant giant’s servers face economic uncertainty, three top executives are sailing away with $68 million in compensation

INFOGRAPHIC: The Obamacare Benefit You’ve Never Heard Of

How a little-known provision in the Affordable Care Act saved Americans $72 million

The Leaf Blower Divide

These machines senselessly endanger your health.

WEBINAR: The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay

This year’s Executive Excess report focuses on a little-known provision in the Affordable Care Act.

How Obamacare can end bloated CEO pay

A section of President Obama’s signature health care reform law closes the ‘performance pay’ loophole for health insurance companies. Now it’s time to apply this across corporate America.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay

IPS report reveals hefty taxpayer savings from little-known Affordable Care Act executive compensation reform

Executive Excess 2014: The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay

This 21st annual report reveals hefty taxpayer savings from a little-known Affordable Care Act executive compensation reform.

The State of Runaway CEO Pay Resistance

Since Congress is sitting on its hands, progress on reining in executive over-compensation is cropping up elsewhere.

Walmart’s Executive Bonuses Cost Taxpayers Millions

New report reveals that Walmart cut its taxes by $104 million by giving executives lavish “performance-based” bonuses.

Help Wanted: Slow and Expensive Accountant

Fortune 500 company is seeking a highly unproductive senior accountant to help inflate the cost of complying with a new federal law requiring that all publicly held corporations disclose the ratio between their CEO and median worker pay.

Restaurant Industry Pay: Taxpayers’ Double Burden

New report shows that while restaurant executives are fighting living wages for their workers, they’re also benefiting from tax subsidies for their own pay.

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