Locke's current research is focused on two projects: one studying the patterns of entreprenuership and economic development in southern Italy and northwest Brazil and one analyzing globalization and labor standards in the athletic footwear and sportswear industries.

Related Working Papers:

"The Promise & Perils of Private Voluntary Regulation: Labor Standards and Work Organizations in Two Mexican Factories," MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4734-09, MIT, Cambridge, MA (January 2009). Co-authored with Monica Romis.

"Virtue out of Necessity?: Compliance, Commitment and the Improvement of Labor Conditions in Global Supply Chains," MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4719-08, MIT, Cambridge, MA (October 2008), updated March 2009. Co-authored with Matthew Amengual and Akshay Mangla.

"Beyond Corporate Codes of Conduct: Work Organization and Labor Standards in Two Mexican Garment Factories" - Sloan Working Paper 4617-06, August 2006. Co-authored with Monica Romis.

"Does Monitoring Improve Labor Standards?: Lessons from Nike" - Sloan Working Paper 4612-06, July 2006. Co-authored with Fei Qin and Alberto Brause. (Since published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 61, No. 1 (October 2007): 3-31.)

"Building trust" - Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Sept. 2001

"Unions on the Rebound" - Sloan Working Paper 4175-01, Sept. 2001. Co-authored with Sean Safford.