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    • Released February 13, 2009
    Executive Pay and the Stimulus Bill
    By Sarah Anderson and Sam Pizzigati

    This memo critiques the executive pay provisions in the stimulus bill passed by Congress on February 13. It includes a chart comparing the stimulus provisions with the compensation restrictions in the original financial bailout legislation, as well as the Treasury Department rules announced by President Obama on February 4.

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    • Released February 12, 2009
    The CEO Pay Debate: Myths v Facts
    By Sarah Anderson and Sam Pizzigati

    Efforts to rein in excessive executive compensation are facing fierce resistance in the U.S. Congress.  This fact sheet identifies and dissects eight common justifications against public policy actions on executive pay. Click here to download "Executive Excess 2008: How Average Taxpayers Subsidize Runaway Pay," an in-depth report on this issue.

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    • Released February 9, 2009
    Policy Handcuffs in the Financial Crisis
    By Sarah Anderson

    Although many countries have used capital controls effectively to address financial market volatility, 52 national governments lack the power to control money flows across their borders as the result of U.S. trade pacts or bilateral investment treaties. The International Monetary Fund abandoned its blanket opposition to capital controls after the Asian financial crisis that erupted in 1997, but the U.S. government forged ahead, initiating agreements restricting capital controls with 22 more countries.

    The report quotes numerous noted economists, including two Nobel prize winners and close advisors to President Barack Obama, in support of allowing governments to use capital controls. It also lays out five key opportunities for change, including renegotiating trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties, rolling back World Trade Organization commitments on financial deregulation, and reforming World Bank and IMF policies.

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