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.


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Are Corporate Titans Really Worth the Billions They Suck In?

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Wal-Marts Sustainability Initiative: A Civil Society Critique

Critiques of Wal-Mart’s approach to sustainability, responding to a bold initiative to turn the world’s largest company green.

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The huge pay gap only makes sense if CEOs add hundreds of times more value than other leaders in society.

Strategic Corporate Initiative

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Executive Excess 2007

IPS’ 14th Annual CEO Compensation Survey on The Staggering Social Cost of U.S. Business Leadership.

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The little guys may be hurting, but fear not for the titans of capital.

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The CEO-worker pay gap is finally getting some high-profile attention from Presidential candidates. But lawmakers still aren’t doing nearly enough to tackle the gap.

Latin America Rising: U.S. Role Turned Upside Down

Latin America is leading a historic break from the failed policies of the International Monetary Fund.

Mr. Hardball Goes to the World Bank

Robert Zoellick, a tone-deaf, name-calling steely opportunist, is the wrong choice to lead the Bank.

Foreign Investors Gone Wild

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Missing Words For The New Trade Debate

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Selfish Interest

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Challenging Corporate Investor Rule

How the World Bank’s investment court, free trade agreements, and bilateral investment treaties have unleashed a new era of corporate power and what to do about it.

The Pinochet Precedent

Thanks to the tireless efforts of family members of his victims who teamed up with lawyers, artists, activists, elected officials, journalists and others in Chile and elsewhere, the dictator has made life harder for other dictators.

Ten Reasons Why the Wal-Mart Pundits Are Wrong

Rebutting the conservative pundits and corporate flacks who have been singing Wal-Mart’s virtues.

Emphasis Should Be On Shared Sacrifice, Not Personal Gain

When it comes to war profiteering everyone should be outraged.

Executive Excess 2006

Defense and oil executives cash in on conflict.

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