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.


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.

Cut Wall Street Down to Size With a Financial Speculation Tax

A financial speculation tax might not have stopped those greed-crazed fools, but at least Uncle Sam would’ve taken in about $1.1 billion on the deals.

Nurses Join Call to “Tax Wall Street”

A swarm of around a thousand nurses in scarlet scrubs descended on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in downtown Washington to call for a new economic agenda.

How Do International Trade and Investment Rules Affect Public Finance for Development?

Government efforts to finance job creation and other public goods can clash with subsidies restrictions in trade agreements.

Seven Innovative Mechanisms of Development Finance

As governments look for new options for public revenue stream, this table by IPS Global Economy project director Sarah Anderson shows which options can be considered, their potential revenue, and their administrative and political feasibility.

Financial Transaction Taxes and the Global South

This downloadable pdf fact sheet answers frequently asked questions about the implications for the developing world of taxing financial speculation.

Europe Takes the Lead in Drive to Tax Speculators

There are still places in the world where folks from across the political spectrum can have a rational discussion about fair taxation.

Robin Hood 2.0

Men in tights are taking on the global financial industry.

Activists in More than 20 Countries Urge G20 Leaders to Tax Speculators

IPS Global Economy and climate experts are available for comment.

Civil War and the Safety Net

A young nation, ravaged by war, invented new ways of creating economic opportunities and protections–at least for one segment of its citizens.

Corporate Lobby Launches Weak Counter-Attack on Capital Controls

As more than 250 economists call on Obama to allow capital controls on trade agreements, the corporate lobby responds with distorted facts.

Corporate Lobby Groups Issue Weak Attack on Economists Who Support Capital Control Flexibility

IPS and GDAE rebut U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, and other big business critics against capital controls.

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