Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project of the Institute for Policy Studies, and is a co-editor of Inequality.org. @Anderson_IPS

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Disclaimer: This blog is not really about Beyonce. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
What’s Worse Than Ticket Scalpers? Stock Scalpers.
Internet bots immediately snapped up Beyonce’s presale tickets last year. And when the resale price rose above $1,000, the Beyhive was mighty peeved. Ticket scalpers are indeed frustrating. But their Wall Street cousins — what UMass-Amherst professor Douglas Cliggott calls the “ stock scalpers ” —...
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Demonstrators in Washington, D.C. rally in support of a financial transaction tax on April 20, 2013. Views
Sunday, February 24, 2019
What States Can Do to Reduce Poverty and Inequality Through Tax Policy
States have an opportunity to act to close the loopholes that hide and protect the wealth of the top 1%, remedy the impact of the new federal tax law that lowers taxes on the wealthy, and make critical investments in infrastructure, energy systems, and programs that create broader opportunity and...
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Candidates bolt out of the gates because they know it takes a long time to raise the mega-millions required for a White House run.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
If You Hate Campaign Season, Blame Money in Politics
Amy Klobuchar could’ve waited for the temperature to rise above 15 degrees before launching her 2020 presidential bid. Instead, she chose to risk frostbite and make her pitch in the middle of a snowstorm—all for an election more than 600 days away. The Minnesota senator is just one of around a...
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 Michael Dell, America’s 17th-richest man. (Photo: Flickr) Views
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
For Dell’s Billionaire CEO, Taxing the Ultra-Rich is a Joke
At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a panel moderator asked Michael Dell, America’s 17th-richest man, what he thought about the idea of raising the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent. This idea has been in the headlines since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez floated it in a 60...
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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Corporations Should Share the Wealth Before Buying Back Stock
These are good times for those at the top of the Walmart empire. Family members of the founders have seen their wealth grow about 10,000% since the 1980s. Today the Waltons are worth about $180 billion. And they own so much Walmart stock that four of them made $12.7 billion in just one day last...
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
6 Women of Color Who Campaigned for Congress on Inequality and Won
The Democratic Party has regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and with this shift will come a new cadre of forceful female leaders committed to narrowing the gaps that so divide us. "In the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, our greatest scarcity is not a lack of...
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Sister Simone Campbell, speaking at a rally with other members of “Nuns on the Bus.” Views
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Busload of Activist Nuns Log 5,600 Miles for Tax Justice
Look out Mar-A-Lago. The renowned activists known as the “ Nuns on the Bus ” are headed your way. And they’re just as ticked off about the Trump-Republican tax reform as they were when they launched their cross-country “Tax Justice Truth Tour” in California over three weeks ago. President Trump...
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The first nationwide wildcat strike in American history, the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 was most deadly and costly in Pittsburgh, where workers and their families battled with state militia sent from Philadelphia. Views
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Unions Have Survived Tough Times Before
The U.S. Supreme Court has just dealt unions a bruising blow. In a 5-4 vote, the court ruled that public sector employees who benefit from unions’ collective bargaining services will no longer have to pay for them. At least initially, this is expected to result in a steep drop in union resources...
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"It’s not hard to understand how it could put a damper on your morale to be working hard and struggling to get by while your boss is being rewarded hundreds — or even thousands — of times more than you on payday." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Big Pay Gaps Are Bad for Business
Mattel is one of the largest toy-making companies on earth. Turns out it’s one of the biggest manufacturers of income inequality, too. Last year, the Barbie doll manufacturer paid its CEO nearly 5,000 times as much as its median worker. This stunning revelation is the result of a new regulation...
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"More than 83 percent of the companies (188 out of 225) paid their CEO in excess of 100 times the median salary." (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Rep. Keith Ellison Takes a Hard Look at New CEO Pay Ratio Data
Big Business fought hard to kill a new regulation requiring corporations to disclose the gap between their CEO and median worker pay. For eight years after the regulation became law, corporate lobby groups fought to repeal, gut, or at least delay it. But thanks to an outpouring of support by...
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