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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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.

G-20: Forum for International Non-Cooperation?

Obama may be the voice of reason on the immediate need for continued stimulus spending. But if we’re going to get back on a sustainable economic path, we need to take seriously the need for major new revenue sources.

It’s Time We Taxed Financial Gambling

A tiny tax would make purely speculative investment less profitable and encourage long-term, patient investment.

Proving That Tea Partiers’ Anti-Tax Extremism Isn’t Even Loved by All Conservatives

Taxing speculation could take us a long way toward reining in Wall Street.

Taxing the Wall Street Casino

Report looks at how speculation taxes might have changed the outcome of recent global financial fiascos

Tax Wall Street to Pay for Jobs

The Senate should be looking for ways to jumpstart the economy — but not at the expense of those who suffered the most from the crisis.

Taxing the Wall Street Casino

In the United States and many countries around the world, there is growing momentum behind proposals to place a very small tax on trades of stock, currency, derivatives, and other financial assets.

Reining in Wall Street: Round 1

A May 17 rally in Washington, DC brought more than a thousand people into the streets, calling for a “financial speculation tax” as part of a broader financial reform agenda.

Global Activists Coordinate Actions to Tax Speculators

From Australia to Canada, activists are taking to the streets in cities around the world this week to hold the financial sector accountable for the costs of the global crisis.

K Street Showdown in Washington, DC

What went down on May 17th, when labor and justice groups organized a rally against lobbyists.

The Unfinished Business of Financial Reform

Lawmakers will need to consider financial speculation taxes in the next round of the fight to rein in Wall Street.

Press Release: Mining for Profits

Transnational corporations are increasingly turning to international arbitration tribunals to resolve disputes over natural resource rights, a new report reveals.

Enabling Wall Street’s Gambling Problem

Thought bankers had learned their lesson in 2008? Think again.

Memo to U.S.: Only Fools Rush In

If negotiators aren’t careful, a U.S.-China investment treaty could prove as explosive as currency manipulation or climate change.

Time to Tax Financial Speculation

For those of us who want the financial industry to serve people and the planet rather than dominate them, this is the most exciting reform under serious consideration on the world stage.

Global Economy: C

After one year, it’s hard to point to new global economic policies that are better for people and the planet. But the Obama administration has helped bust open the debate over globalization policies.

U.S. Government and Business Leaders on Financial Transactions Taxes

Selected quotes reflecting a range of views on the issue from U.S. officials and business leaders.

My Cat is No Fat Cat

My cat is on the pudgy side, but she is nothing like our titans of finance. Let’s stop maligning our feline friends by comparing them to greedy, evil Wall Street execs.

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