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    PH D, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Public Policy, 1987.

    MA, Harvard University, John. F. Kennedy School of Government, Public Policy, 1985.

    BS, Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations, 1983.

    Other, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Economics, 1981.

  • PUBLICATIONSOpen or Close


      Weil, D. (In Press). Manufacturing Restructuring and the Fissured Workplace. Boston Review, (March / April).

      Ji, M., & Weil, D. (2015). The Impact of Franchising on Labor Standards Compliance. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 68 (5), 977-1006.

      Weil, D., Fung, A., & Graham, M. (2013). Targeting Transparency. Science, 340, 1410-1411.

      Weil, D. (2011). Enforcing Labor Standards in Fissured Workplaces: The US Experience. The Economic and Labor Relations Review, 22 (2), 33-54.

      Weil, D. (2008). A Strategic Approach to Labour Inspection.. International Labour Review, 147 (4), 349-375.

      Weil, D., & Mallo, C. (2007). Regulating Labour Standards via Supply Chains: Combining Public / Private Interventions to Improve Workplace Compliance. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 45 (4), 791-814.

      Weil, D., Fung, A., Graham, M., & Fagotto, E. (2006). Regulation by Transparency: The Effectiveness of Government Mandated Disclosure Policies. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 25 (1), 155-181.

      Abernathy, F., Volpe, A., & Weil, D. (2006). The Apparel and Textile Industries After 2005: Prospects and Choices. Environment and Planning A, 38, 2207-2232.

      Weil, D. (2005). The Contemporary Industrial Relations System in Construction: Analysis, Observations, and Speculations. Labor History, 46 (4), 447-471.

      Weil, D., & Smith, M. H. (2005). Ratcheting Up: Linked Technology Adoption in Supply Chains. Industrial Relations, 44 (3), 490-508.

      Weil, D. (2012). Broken Windows, Vulnerable Workers, and the Future of Worker Representation. The Forum: Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics, 10 (1), 160-183.

      Weil, D. (2007). Crafting a Progressive Workplace Regulatory Policy: Why Enforcement Matters. Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal., 28 (2), 101-130.

      Weil, D. (2005). A Strategic Choice Framework for Union Decision-making. Working USA, 9 (2), 327-347.

      Weil, D. (2001). Valuing the Economic Consequences of Work Injury and Illness: A Comparison of Methods and Findings. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 40 (4), 418-437.

      Weil, D., Abernathy, F. H., Dunlop, J. T., & Hammond, J. H. (2000). Control Your Inventory in a World of Lean Retailing. Harvard Business Review, 169-176.

      Weil, D. (1999). Are Mandated Health and Safety Committees Substitutes or Supplements for Labor Unions?. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 52 (3), 339-360.

      Weil, D. (1996). If OSHA is So Bad Why is Compliance So Good?. RAND Journal of Economics, 27 (3), 618-640.

      Weil, D., & Dunlop, J. T. (1996). Diffusion and Performance of Modular Assembly in the U.S. Apparel Industry. Industrial Relations, 35 (3), 334-355.

      Weil, D., Abernathy, F. H., Dunlop, J. T., & Hammond, J. H. (1995). The Information-Integrated Channel: A Study of the U.S. Apparel Industry in Transition. Brookings Papers on Microeconomic Activity, 175-246.

      Weil, D. (1992). Reforming OSHA: Modest Proposals for Major Changes. New Solutions: Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 2 (4), 26-36.

      Weil, D. (1991). Enforcing OSHA: The Role of Labor Unions. Industrial Relations, 30 (1), 20-36.

      Weil, D. Vignettes from the Modern Workplace. World Financial Review, (May).


      Fung, A., Graham, M., & Weil, D. (In Press). Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

      Weil, D. (2014). The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It. Cambridge, MA United States: Harvard University Press.

      Weil, D., Abernathy, F. H., Baker, K., & Colton, K. (2011). Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better: Lessons from the Harvard Home Builder Study. New York, NY: Lexington Books.

      Weil, D., Abernathy, F. H., Dunlop, J. T., & Hammond, J. H. (1999). A Stitch in Time: Lean Retailing and the Transformation of Manufacturing—Lessons from the Apparel and Textile Industries. New York: Oxford University Press.

      Weil, D. (1994). Turning the Tide: Strategic Planning for Labor Unions. New York: Lexington Books / Macmillan Inc..


      Weil, D. (2014). Fissured Employment: Implications for Achieving Decent Work. In Deirdre McCann, Sangheon Lee, Patrick Belser, Colin Fenwick, John Howe and Malte Luebker (Eds.), Creative Labor Regulation: Indeterminacy and Protection in an Uncertain World (pp 35-62). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

      Weil, D. (2013). Mending the Fissured Workplace. In Stephanie Luce, Jennifer Luff, Joseph McCartin, and Ruth Milkman (Eds.), What Works for Low Wage Workers (pp 108-133). New York United States: Russell Sage Foundation.

      Weil, D., & Kleiner, M. (2012). In Evaluating the Effectiveness of National Labor Relations Act Remedies: Analysis and Comparsion with Other Workplace Penalty Policies (pp 209-247). Cheltenham United Kingdom: Research Handbook on the Economics of Labor and Employment Laws, Edward Elgar.

      Weil, D. (2012). In Consumer Financial Protection and the Way Forward (pp 162-171). New York United States: CFA Institute.

      Weil, D. (2005). In Individual Rights and Collective Agents: The Role of New Workplace Institutions in the Regulation of Labor Markets, in Richard Freeman, Larry Mishel, and Joni Hersch, eds., Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the 21st Century (pp 13-44). University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL.

      Weil, D., Abernathy, F., Dunlop, J. T., & Hammond, J. (2004). In Globalization in the Apparel and Textile Industries: What is New and What is Not?, in Martin Kenney and Richard Florida eds., Locating Global Advantage: Industry Dynamics in a Globalizing Economy (pp 23-51). Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.

      Weil, D., Schurman, S. J., Landsbergis, P., & Israel, B. A. (1998). In The Role of Unions and Collective Bargaining in Preventing Work-Related Disability, in Terry Thomason, John Burton, and Douglas Hyatt, eds. New Approaches to Disability in the Workplace (pp 121-154). Madison, WI: Industrial Relations Research Association.

      Weil, D. (1997). In Analyzing Regulatory Performance: Insights on the Implementation of Federal Workplace Policy, in Bruce E. Kaufman, ed. Government Regulation of the Employment Relationship (pp 429-474). Madison, WI: Industrial Relations Research Association.


      Ji, M., & Weil, D. (2009). Does Ownership Structure Influence Regulatory Behavior? The Impact of Franchising on Labor Standards Compliance. United States SSRN.


      Weil, D. (2013). A Glass Half Empty or Half Full? Rethinking Regulation: Beyond the Standard Contract of Employment. (Vol 17). Champaign, Illinois/United States: Perspectives on Work.

      Weil, D. (2011). The Potential Consequences of Public Release of Food Safety and Inspection Service Establishment-Specific Data. Washington, D.C. United States: National Academy of Sciences.

      Weil, D. (2010). Improving Workplace Conditions through Strategic Enforcement: Report to the Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor.. Washignton, DC: U.S. Department of Labor.

      Weil, D. (2003). OSHA: Beyond the Politics. Featured companion article for PBS Frontline episode,.

      Weil, D., Graham, M., & Fung, A. (2002). Clarifying Transparency. Financial Times.

      Weil, D., & Abernathy, F. (2004). Apparel Apocalypse? The Americas' Textile Industries Won't Die When Quotas Do. Washington Post.



      Weil, D. (Presenter Only). 2013 Annual Convention, Ensuring Employer Accountability in Multi-Tiered Employment Structures, National Employment Lawyers Association, Denver, CO. (June 28, 2013).

      Weil, D. (Presenter Only). Committee on Department of Homeland Security Occupational Health and Operational Medicine Infrastructure, Common Standards in Disaggregated Organizations, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. (June 11, 2013).

      Weil, D. (Presenter & Author). 65th Annual Meeting, Fissured Employment Relations and Strategic Enforcement, Labor Employment Relations Association, St. Louis, MO. (June 7, 2013).

      Weil, D. (Panelist). 65th Annual Meeting, Business Restructuring and Fissured Employment, Labor Employment Relations Association,, St. Louis, MO. (June 7, 2013).

      Weil, D. (Presenter Only). Occupational Health Surveillance Subcommittee, Fissured Employment and Occupational Health Surveillance, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Washington, DC. (April 18, 2013).

      Weil, D. (Presenter & Author). Conference on Responsible Regulation. Tulane University, Perils and Promise of Targeted Transparency. (March 1, 2013).

      Weil, D. (Author Only). State Enforcement Agency Seminar Series, Enforcement Challenges in a Fissured Workplace, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA. (January 11, 2013).

      Weil, D. (Author Only). MIT / Stanford Just Supply Chain Conference, The Fissured Workplace, MIT Sloan School of Management / Stanford University, Cambridge, MA. (December 13, 2012).

      Weil, D. (Author Only). Distinguished Speaker Series on Policy Research, The Fissured Workplace: Causes, Consequences, and Response, New York University Wagner School of Public Administrtion, New York, NY. (October 25, 2012).

      Weil, D. (Author Only). Harvard School of Public Health, Health and Safety Impacts of the Fissured Workplace, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA. (October 22, 2012).

      Weil, D. (Panelist). After November: Anticipating and Adapting: Annual NLRB / Solicitor of Labor Law Conference, Prospects for Wage and Hour Enforcement after the Elections, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA. (October 18, 2012).

      Weil, D. (Chair). 30th International Symposium on Safety and Health in Construction, Reflections on Construction Industry Health and Safety., Construction Section of the International Social Security Association, Boston, MA. (October 17, 2012).

      Weil, D. (Panelist). Challenges of Whistleblower Protection, Whistleblower Protection and Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, DC. (June 21, 2012).

      Weil, D. (Presenter Only). The Future of Residential Construction, Industry Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA. (May 30, 2012).

      Weil, D. (Presenter and Author). What Works for Low Wage Workers? Public Polices and Innovative Strategies for Low-Wage Workers, Mending the Fissured Workplace, Georgetown University--Kalmovitz Institute, Washington, DC. (February 24, 2012).

      Weil, D. (Presenter & Author). Future of Life-Cycle Saving and Investing,, Transparency and the Way Forward: Some Observations, Boston University School of Management, Boston, MA. (May 25, 2011).

      Weil, D. (Other). Melbourne Law School Labor and Workplace Seminar, Fissured Employment., University of Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, VIC,, Australia. (December 9, 2010).

      Weil, D. (Presenter Only). Worker Protection Senior Leadership Conference, U.S. Department of Labor, Strategic Enforcement: A New Approach. (Keynote address), U.S. Department of Labor, Philadelphia, PA. (September 28, 2010).

      Weil, D. (Other). Annual Meeting of the National Academies of Science, Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, Disclosure as an Instrument of Public Policy., National Academies of Science, Washington, DC. (May 18, 2010).

      Weil, D. (Other). Annual Meeting of the International Association of Privacy Professional, Radical Transparency. Keynote Address, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Boston, MA. (September 18, 2009).


      Weil, D. (Presenter and Author). Conference to Celebrate the Centennial of the US Department of Labo, Enforcement Challenges in a Fissured Workplace, US Department of Labor / Cornell University, Washington, DC. (November 9, 2012).

      Weil, D. (Presenter Only). Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics, Perspectives on the Fissured Workplace, SASE, Cambridge, MA. (June 29, 2012).

      Weil, D. (Presenter Only). Annual Meetings of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Franchised Employment, Labor and Employment Relations Association, Chicago, IL. (January 7, 2012).


    Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. (2001 - Present).

    Faculty Member / Fellow, Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program. (1987 - Present).

  • AWARDS AND HONORSOpen or Close

    Broderick Prize for Teaching, Boston University School of Management, Teaching. (May 15, 2013).

    Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management, Boston University School of Management, Research. (October 15, 2013).

    Nomination as Wage and Hour Administrator, US Department of Labor, Service, Professional. (September 10, 2013).

    Nominated by President Barack Obama

    Best MBA Professor Cohort C 2012, MBA Student Association, Teaching. (May 1, 2012).
    Selected by first year MBA students, cohort C, as favorite professor

    National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Research. (June 1, 2011).
    Selected to participate in an NAS Panel on disclosure of information on food safety.

    Fulbright Senior Scholar, J. William Fulbright Scholarship Committee, Research. (February 1, 2008).

    Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Boston University School of Management, Research. (September 1, 2006).

    Shingo Prize for Research on Manufacturing Innovations. (May 1, 2000).
    (for the book, "A Stitch in Time: Lean Retailing and the Transformation of Manufacturing.")



      Sam Litzinger Show, 3/26/2007, WTWP (Washington Post Radio).
      Thom Hartmann Show, 3/28/2007, Air America / Sirius.

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