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.


Remind Me, Why Is Angelo Mozilo a Free Man?

The former Countrywide Financial chief took half a billion dollars in compensation for loans that blew up our economy and bought out Congress with his “Friends of Angelo” mortgage benefits. But he is still a free man.

European Tax on Financial Transactions Gains Support

Germany and France’s push for a tax on each stock, bond and derivative trade garners support among financial professionals.

Letter From Financial Industry Professionals in Support of Financial Transaction Taxes

As individuals with first-hand knowledge and significant experience in the financial industry, we urge you to introduce small financial transaction taxes (FTTs).

Mining Firm Doubles Up On Law Firms in Quest for Pot of Gold

When suing the government of El Salvador, one legal powerhouse just isn’t enough. With a major pot of gold at stake, Pacific Rim doubles up its legal attack.

IPS Director Speaks Out at Pacific Rim’s Vancouver HQ

With about 200 activists from several countries, John Cavanagh denounced the firm for suing the government of El Salvador in retaliation for the denial of a mining permit.

Top Democrats Push Obama on Capital Controls

Representatives Barney Frank and Sander Levin say that cannot support U.S. trade agreements unless the administration does more to protect governments from investor lawsuits.

Nurses Push Tax on Trades to Help Sick

Nurses vs. high-speed traders. Now there’s a match-up you probably never thought you’d see playing out in the streets of Chicago.

The New U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty: A Public Interest Critique

The new U.S. model BIT does not go far enough to address the concerns that labor unions and environmental, development, and other nongovernmental organizations have raised consistently for many years.

Wall Street’s Speed Freaks

The high-frequency trading that dominates the stock market could trigger another global financial crisis.

Six Rigged Rules Corporations Use to Dodge Taxes

Examples of how large corporations have rigged the tax rules to ensure that those who have the most get to amass even more, at the expense of everyone else.

Conservative Candidate Supports Wall Street Speculation Tax

The right-wing in France seeks popular support by getting behind a transactions tax on securities trades.

Getting Around Geithner

Other countries need to take the lead in reforming U.S. trade policies to promote global financial stability.

Crikey! Australia Shocks Corporate America on Trade

U.S. corporate lobby groups bash Australia for refusing to give foreign investors powerful new rights in the Trans-Pacific trade deal.

More than 100 Economists Call for Trans-Pacific Trade Deal to Allow Capital Controls to Prevent Crises

In advance of Trans-Pacific trade talks, over 100 economists are sending a letter today urging negotiators to promote global financial stability by allowing the use of capital controls.

Open Letter: Urging Capital Controls in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

IPS economists join 100 colleagues across the world in advocating for governments’ right to use a proven tool against financial volatility.

Nurses Fight for a Dose of Tax Justice

Before there was Occupy, thousands of nurses were already taking on Wall Street to demand a financial transaction tax.

Thanks to Occupy, Senate Looks at Inequality

I had the opportunity to testify on inequality before the Senate Budget Committee last week. No one seems to recall the last time the committee devoted a whole hearing to this issue.

Full Testimony to the Senate Budget Committee on Inequality, Mobility, and Opportunity

“[W]e have transformed a highly divided nation into a more stable and equitable society before. We can certainly do it again,” states Sarah Anderson, IPS Global Economy Project Director.

The State of the 99 Percent

The Occupy movement is clearly affecting political rhetoric… but what about real action?

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