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.


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.

Mas de 250 Economistas llaman a Reformas que Permitan Controles de Capital

En una carta entregada el 31 de enero, más de 250 economistas hacen un llamado urgente al gobierno de Obama para que reforme las reglas de comercio de los Estados Unidos que restringen el uso de controles de capital.

Trade Agreements and Capital Controls

It’s time for the Obama administration to change course and allow governments to use capital controls as part of a broader menu of policy options to curb financial volatility.

More than 250 Economists Call for Trade Reforms to Allow Capital Controls

While no panacea, they are legitimate policy tools for preventing and mitigating financial crises.

Economists Unite Around Once-Demonized Capital Controls

In our globalized financial system, chaos in one part of the world can be devastating for businesses and workers elsewhere.

Toxic CEO Pay Story

For a new generation of Angelo Mozilo wannabes, the sky is still the limit.

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.

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