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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.