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  • Bringing the law to the factory

    While factory labor rules are notoriously hard to enforce, a new study shows how some inspectors are able to uphold workplace standards.

    August 26, 2013
  • How to make factory conditions better

    After years of research into global production systems, an MIT political scientist is convinced that government, not just the private sector, must help keep workers safe.

    May 6, 2013
  • Hard times in Chicago

    MIT anthropologist’s new book recounts the painful aftermath when steel plants suddenly closed in the American heartland.

    January 18, 2013
  • A different operating procedure

    MIT Sloan’s Katherine Kellogg goes inside hospitals to study medical practices.

    November 19, 2012
  • When (and where) work disappears

    Study: Overseas manufacturing competition hits U.S. regions hard, leaving workers unemployed for years and local economies struggling.

    February 24, 2012
  • 3 Questions: Michael Piore on labor disputes at the ballot box

    Labor economist sizes up the impact and meaning of this week’s high-profile Ohio referendum to restore collective bargaining rights for public employees.

    November 10, 2011