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.


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

Leaders of developing countries are often forced to work with institutions that promote and protect foreign investment — with little regard for the costs to democracy and the environment.

Missing Words For The New Trade Debate

Democrats need to take an axe to the Bush Administration’s trade policies.

Selfish Interest

How much Business Roundtable CEOs stand to lose from real reform of runaway executive pay.

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.

Alternatives to a Wall

How NAFTA, CAFTA, and other corporate-friendly trade policies displace farmers and create mass migration, and how we can do better.

A Marshall Plan for Mexico? Well …

This op-ed appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on June 11, 2006.

Debt Boomerang

How Americans would benefit from cancellation of impoverished country debts.

Executive Excess: Close Loopholes that Permit War Profiteering

The war profiteering is on. Defense contractor CEOs received raises on average of 200 percent between 2001 and 2004, compared to only 7 percent for average large company CEOs.

IMF: Reform, Downsize, or Abolish

The Meltzer Commission Report, combined with street protests, has intensified the debate sparked by the IMF’s handling of the global financial crisis.

Top Defense CEOs Cashing In On The War?

“I don’t want to see a single war millionaire created in the United States as a result of this world disaster.”

Executive Excess 2005

Defense contractors get more bucks for the bang.

AFTER the FTAA: Lessons from Europe for the Americas

With the talks for a free trade agreement for the entire Western Hemisphere on the brink of collapse, this report offers lessons from the EU for an alternative approach to integration.

Wal-Mart’s Pay Gap

Wal-Mart CEO compensation is 871 times as high as U.S. Wal-Mart worker pay; 50,000 times Chinese worker pay.

Field Guide to the Global Economy (Second Edition)

The Field Guide to the Global Economy presents the latest facts to help make sense of the rapidly changing international economy.