Matthew Amengual is an Associate Professor in International Business at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School. He is an Official Fellow at Kellogg College and an affiliate of the Latin American Centre. Matthew is also an Associate Editor at the Industrial & Labor Relations Review. Before joining Oxford, he was an Associate Professor of Work and Organization Studies at MIT.
Broadly, he investigates the politics of promoting economic development that is both equitable and sustainable. He has studied labor regulation in global supply chains for over a decade and continues to conduct research on how to improve working conditions in supplier factories around the world. 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 the local politics of mining in Latin America, exploring the varying outcomes of direct contestation between social actors and firms over the employment, contracts, and public goods provision.
Matthew received his AB in Environmental Studies at Brown University, MCP from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, and PhD in Political Science from MIT.
Politicized Enforcement in Argentina: Labor and Environmental Regulation
Cambridge University Press 2016
Excerpt of Introduction
Reviews: Journal of Politics, Industrial & Labor Relations Review.
Book Manuscript in Progress, summary available upon request
Completed Working Papers
Cooperation and Punishment in Regulating Labor Standards: Evidence from the Gap Inc Supply Chain
with Greg Distelhorst
Global Markets, Corporate Assurances, and the Legitimacy of State Intervention
with Tim Bartley
Order Overload? Demand Spikes and Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains
with Greg Distelhorst
True Motives: Prosocial and Instrumental Justifications for Behavioral Change in Organizations
with Evan Apfelbaum
Accepted, Management Science.
Media: Harvard Business Review
Global Purchasing as Labor Regulation: The Missing Middle
with Greg Distelhorst & Danny Tobin.
Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol 73, No 4, August 2020. (published version)
Special Issue: Labor Regulation in Global Supply Chains
Introduction: Improving Private Regulation of Labor in Global Supply Chains and Labor Standards: Theory and Evidence.
with Sarosh Kuruvilla.
Industrial & Labor Relations Review 2020.
Buying Stability: The Distributive Outcomes of Firm Responses to Risk in the Bolivian Mining Industry
World Development, Vol. 104, April, 2018. (published version)
winner of the Best Paper Prize at REPAL
Who Opposes Labor Regulation? Explaining Variation in Employers’ Opinions
with Salo Coslovsky & Duanyi Yang
Regulation & Governance, Vol, 11, No. 4. 2017. (published version)
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. (published version)
Reinforcing the State: Transnational and State Labor Regulation in Indonesia
with Laura Chirot
Industrial and Labor Relations Review Vol. 69, No. 5. 2016. (published version)
Pathways to Enforcement: Labor Inspectors Leveraging Linkages with Society in Argentina
Industrial and Labor Relations Review Vol. 67, No. 1, 2014 (published version)
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 (published version)
Complementary Labor Regulation: The Uncoordinated Combination of State and Private Regulators in the Dominican Republic
World Development, Vol. 38, No. 3, 405-414, 2010. (published version)
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
The Social Determinants of Enforcement: Integrating Politics with Limited State Capacity
with Eduardo Dargent
in Daniel M. Brinks, Steven Levitsky and M. Victoria Murillo, eds., The Politics of Institutional Weakness in Latin America. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Better Work and State Regulation in Indonesia: Towards Reinforcement
with Laura Chirot
Research Brief, ILO Better Work Program, 2016
Cambios en la Capacidad del Estado Para Enfrentar Las Violaciones de las Normas Laborales: Los Talleres de Confección de Prendas de Vestir en Buenos Aires
Desarrollo Económico, Vol 51, No. 20. 2011
Economic development and working conditions in export processing zones: A survey of trends
with William Milberg
International Labor Organization, Geneva 2008