Professor Michael Piore is the David W. Skinner Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, at MIT, where he continues to teach part-time. His current research is centered on work regulation, which is reflected in his recent book on Root-Cause Regulation: Protecting Work and Workers in the Twenty-First Century (with Andrew Schrank).
Professor Piore is a labour economist who has worked on a wide variety of labor problems including international migration, the impact of technological change, trade union organisation and collective bargaining. The hallmark of his work is a concern with the way in which the economy is embedded in society and how its evolution is molded and directed by social processes. He has worked in the course of his career with a variety of different government agencies, international organisations, and NGO’s including the U.S. Department of Labor, the International Labour Organisation, the state of Massachusetts, the government of Puerto Rico, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.