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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Activists are hoping to use Scott Pruitt’s self-enrichment at taxpayer expense to get rid of a dangerous climate change denier.

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How Poverty, Climate Change, and Bad Policy Put Poor People at Greater Risk of Pest-Borne Diseases

Public health resources are being cut while mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and the West Nile virus flourish in poor communities.

DC Joins Seven States with Campaigns to Close Carried Interest Loophole

President Trump’s failure to fulfill a campaign promise to axe the controversial tax benefit for hedge fund and private equity fund managers has sparked action at the state level.

No CEO Should Earn 1,000 Times More Than a Regular Employee

Employees of at least five U.S. corporations would have to work more than a millennium to catch up with their CEO.

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As the new federal tax law slashes IRS bills for corporations and the wealthy, the momentum is growing for progressive state-level taxes that could recoup some of these resources.

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How the diminishing value of minimum wage and declining unions are contributing to a poverty rate that hasn’t budged since 1967.

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

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