Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and is a co-editor of the IPS web site Inequality.org. 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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Deal on U.S.-Korea Trade Would Expand Excessive Investor Protections

The White House’s proposed U.S.-Korea trade deal would expand corporations’ rights to bypass public interest regulations.

60-Second Expert: Fighting Finance

Activists are beginning to challenge financial speculation from below.

Civil Society Responses to the Global Financial and Economic Crisis

This white paper outlines organizing, education, and advocacy efforts being undertaken in response to the financial and economic crisis by groups working in coalition in the United States and around the world.

Fighting Finance from Below

Since the crash of 2008, writes guest columnist Sarah Anderson, global justice activists have begun to make progress in reining in the excesses of the financial industry.

Food Shouldn’t be a Poker Chip

Commodities markets are dominated by speculators who have never gotten their hands dirty in a corn field.

Decoding the G-20 Drama

The brouhaha over “global re-balancing” boils down to this: Americans buy too much stuff from China.

Obama’s Trip to India: Don’t Rush into a Bilateral Investment Treaty

The U.S. and India should not sign a treaty that will only serve the short-term interests of large corporations, and undermine the authority of governments to protect their people from financial crisis.

G20: IPS Experts Available for Comment

183 organizations representing more than 200 million citizens urge G20 leaders to “listen to the people, not the banks.”

Unpopular Sarkozy Gets it Right on Financial Transactions Taxes in the G-20

The French President is standing tough in his push to increase taxes on the financial sector.

G-20: Take Action on Financial Transaction Taxes

International civil society organizations urge G-20 leaders to make progress on taxing financial speculation at summit in Seoul.

Obama’s Trip to India: Don’t Rush into a Bilateral Investment Treaty

The U.S. and India should not sign a treaty that will only serve the short-term interests of large corporations, and undermine the authority of governments to protect their people from financial crisis.

Reining in Executive Pay

The landmark financial reform legislation passed in July includes reforms advocated for years by those who believe that empowering shareholders will clean up the executive pay mess.

CEO Pay More Than Doubled Last Year

Sarah Anderson goes on Fox 5 DC to discuss the new Executive Excess report.

CEOs Who Cut the Most Jobs Earn More than Peers

The 17th annual Executive Excess report shows that CEOs are squeezing workers to boost short-term profits and their own paychecks.

Executive Excess 2010: CEO Pay and the Great Recession

The 17th annual executive compensation survey looks at how CEOs laid off thousands while raking in millions.

Unfinished Business of Executive Pay Reform

Excessive executive pay, the Wall Street meltdown has demonstrated ever so vividly, endangers our public well-being as surely as any other pollutants.

Investment Rules in Trade Agreements

The Top 10 Changes to Build a Pro-Labor, Pro-Community and Pro-Environment Trans-Pacific Partnership

Investment Rules in Trade Agreements: Korea-U.S. and Beyond

IPS Global Economy Director Sarah Anderson presented this slideshow at a congressional briefing sponsored by Rep. Mike Michaud on July 19, 2010.

Street Heat Strengthened Wall Street Reform

A speech delivered at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, June 25, 2010.

Who Should Pay for the Crisis?

One place to look for new revenue: the financial sector that got us into this mess in the first place.