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.


Global Economy: C

After one year, it’s hard to point to new global economic policies that are better for people and the planet. But the Obama administration has helped bust open the debate over globalization policies.

U.S. Government and Business Leaders on Financial Transactions Taxes

Selected quotes reflecting a range of views on the issue from U.S. officials and business leaders.

My Cat is No Fat Cat

My cat is on the pudgy side, but she is nothing like our titans of finance. Let’s stop maligning our feline friends by comparing them to greedy, evil Wall Street execs.

U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty Negotiations

Expedited talks with China may shine a brighter spotlight on these controversial agreements.

Lessons from Sweden for the Immigration Debate

We need to support countries in reducing the pressures that force immigration, and not the corporations that make conditions worse.

Clash on Investment: Global Trade and an Opportunity for Civil Society

Guest columnist Sarah Anderson served on an Obama advisory group on economic policy. Here’s the inside story.

Clash on Investment

Guest columnist Sarah Anderson served on an Obama advisory group on economic policy. Here’s the inside story.

Nation’s ‘Pay Czar’ Largely Impotent

Is the administration really curbing bloated CEO pay?

Getting Past the Smoke and Mirrors

Want to be able to make every bump that comes your way just another springboard to grand fortune, just like CEOs? Here’s what you need to do.

Why a Real Recovery Must be a Global Recovery

Civil society proposals to fix the global financial system would benefit ordinary people in impoverished countries and in the United States.

CEO Pay Still Outrageous

Public funds support many bailed-out companies. So why are we still paying CEOs outrageous salaries?

Remember the Real Villain–Wall Street

We’re pointing fingers at President Obama — when those responsible for the economic crisis escape blame.

Executive Excess 2009: America’s Bailout Barons

The 16th annual Institute for Policy Studies “Executive Excess” report exposes this year’s windfalls for top financial bailout recipients.

There’s a Bubble That Still Threatens the Entire American Economy…and Few Are Talking About It

Outrageously large rewards for executives give executives an incentive to behave outrageously — and engage in behaviors that put the rest of us at risk.

Can Europe Pop the U.S. CEO Pay Bubble?

New corporate regulation across the Atlantic may help deflate bloated executive compensation.

Comments on the U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty

A report presented to the United States Department of State and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

People Power Pushed the New Deal

Roosevelt didn’t come up with all those progressive programs on his own.

Testimony, ‘Investment Protections in U.S. Trade and Investment Agreements’

Sarah Anderson’s testimony to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, subcommittee on trade.

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CEO Pay, Financial Regulations, Financial Transaction Tax, Inequality, International Monetary Fund, Tax Reform, Trade, Wages, Wall Street, Worker Rights