Matthew Amengual is an Associate Professor (pre-tenure) of Work and Organization Studies at MIT, in the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is affiliated with the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) and the Sustainability Initiative.
Broadly, he investigates the politics of promoting economic development that is both equitable and sustainable. His first book, Politicized Enforcement in Argentina: Labor and Environmental Regulation, published by Cambridge University Press, investigates the politics of enforcement in contexts of weak institutions. His second book project is on firm responses to contestation over extractives projects in Latin America. It develops a theory of private distribution that explains why some firms respond to risk through clientelism and others respond with public goods provision and inclusive distribution of benefits.
In addition, he also studies regulation in global supply chains, especially how private and transnational regulation interacts with states. Current projects focus on how sourcing practices of global buyers in the apparel industry are connected to labor standards in their supply chains.
At MIT, he co-teaches Strategies for Sustainable Business and the Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab), an action learning class that gives students the opportunity to work on real-world problems on business, the environment, and society. He also teaches, with Susan Silbey, the doctoral seminar Designing Empirical Research.
Politicized Enforcement in Argentina: Labor and Environmental Regulation
Cambridge University Press 2016
Excerpt of Introduction
Reviews: Journal of Politics, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Latin American Politics & Society.
Extracting Development from Extractives: The Distributive Politics of Firm Responses to Risk
Book Manuscript in Progress, summary available upon request
Buying Stability: The Distributive Outcomes of Firm Responses to Risk in the Bolivian Mining Industry
Working Paper, winner of the Best Paper Prize at REPAL
Selected Published Articles
Who Opposes Labor Regulation? Explaining Variation in Employers’ Opinions
with Salo Coslovsky & Duanyi Yang
Forthcoming, Regulation & Governance
Reinforcing the State: Transnational and State Labor Regulation in Indonesia
with Laura Chirot
Industrial and Labor Relations Review Vol 69, Issue 5. 2016.
Co-enforcing Labor Standards: The Unique Contributions of State and Worker Organizations in Argentina and the United States
with Janice Fine
Regulation & Governance, , Vol 11, No. 2., 2017.
Pathways to Enforcement: Labor Inspectors Leveraging Linkages with Society in Argentina
Industrial and Labor Relations Review Vol. 67, No. 1, 2014
Pollution in the Garden of the Argentine Republic: Building State Capacity to Escape from Chaotic Regulation
Politics & Society. Vol. 41, No. 4, pp. 526-559, 2013
Complementary Labor Regulation: The Uncoordinated Combination of State and Private Regulators in the Dominican Republic
World Development, Volume:38, Issue 3, 405-414, 2010
Virtue out of Necessity?: Compliance, Commitment and the Improvement of Labor Conditions in Global Supply Chains
with Richard Locke and Akshay Mangla
Politics & Society, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 319-351, 2009
Norms of deliberation: An inductive study
with Jane Mansbridge, Janette Hartz-Karp, and John Gastil
Journal of Public Deliberation Vol 2, No. 1. 2006