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.


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.

Fighting Finance from Below

Since the crash of 2008, writes guest columnist Sarah Anderson, global justice activists have begun to make progress in reining in the excesses of the financial industry.

Food Shouldn’t be a Poker Chip

Commodities markets are dominated by speculators who have never gotten their hands dirty in a corn field.

Decoding the G-20 Drama

The brouhaha over “global re-balancing” boils down to this: Americans buy too much stuff from China.

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.

G20: IPS Experts Available for Comment

183 organizations representing more than 200 million citizens urge G20 leaders to “listen to the people, not the banks.”

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.

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