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.


Job Destroyers Don’t Deserve a Tax Holiday

When thinks tanks from the left and the right agree on something, Congress should pay attention.

America Loses: Corporations That Take “Tax Holidays” Slash Jobs

Some of America’s most flush corporations are demanding a tax holiday on their profits sitting offshore. But the last holiday produced a nasty hangover.

No Confidence Man – Larry Summers

Lawrence Summers’ name comes up repeatedly in Ron Suskind’s new book as a person who was not only disrespectful to the President but also kneecapped most of what the President wanted to do.

Stop Corporate Tax Dodgers: IPS Media Highlights

IPS is putting tax dodging corporations on the ropes.

Obama Supported Financial Transactions Taxes – Before Summers Nixed It

It’s not too late for the president to revisit some of his earlier positions in support of progressive economic policies, including financial transactions taxes.

Jeff Immelt, GE CEO – Corporate Tax Dodger

If there were an Olympics for tax dodging, General Electric would sweep the gold. Last year GE reaped $3.3 billion in federal income tax refunds, despite more than $5 billion in U.S. profits

Ivan Seidenberg – Corporate Tax Dodger

Phone customers paid more to Uncle Sam than the telecom giant Verizon.

How Obama is to the Right of Reagan on Trade

I hate to break it to the Tea Partiers, but their presidential idol was less of a free-market hardliner in trade negotiations than Barack Obama.

John Strangfeld, Prudential – Corporate Tax Dodger

Prudential Financial is reaping low-income housing tax refunds by investing in luxury hotels.

John Faraci, International Paper — Corporate Tax Dodger

International Paper CEO John Faraci received a 75 percent pay hike in 2010. He pocketed $12.3 million.

Firms Made “Killing” Off Tax Loopholes [VIDEO]

Detailing our CEO pay report to Lisa Murphy and Matt Miller on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.”

A Response to Disputes by Corporations over our Methodology

Since the release of Executive Excess 2011, several of the corporations included in our study have raised questions about our methodology. Here’s our response.

Runaway CEO Pay Helped Create the Economic Crisis; So Why Are Politicians Still Covering For Rich Execs?

A new study looks at the worst executive excesses – while Congress continues to help CEOs hide their outrageous pay rates from the public.

Capital Controls and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The first trade agreement to be negotiated by the Obama administration should allow governments to control volatile capital flows.

Big Bucks to Dodge Taxes

When tax shelters allow CEOs to take home more in pay than their entire company pays in taxes, something is very wrong.

New Report Exposes Wall Street Lobby Against CEO Pay Reform

The requirement for companies to report incentive-based pay arrangements is under attack.

Europe Taking Lead on Speculations Tax

Why is Europe leaving the United States behind on applying a small tax on financial transactions?

U.S. Nurses Bring Global Call to Tax Speculators to Wall Street

National Nurses United stands with activists across the globe to bring attention to the need for a financial speculation tax.

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CEO Pay, Financial Regulations, Financial Transaction Tax, Inequality, International Monetary Fund, Tax Reform, Trade, Wages, Wall Street, Worker Rights

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