Mosley's research focuses on the politics of the global economy. She has written extensively on the effects of multinational production and global supply chains on workers rights in developing countries, as well as how trade policies might lead to improvements in labor rights. A second strand of Mosley's research focuses on government borrowing and debt: she has explored the ways in which professional investors evaluate government policies and political events, and how these assessments affect governments' capacity to borrow. More generally, Mosley is interested in the governance of global economic relations, including finance as well as trade. Mosley was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Berlin in Fall 2017.
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Investigates the implications of financial openness for government policymaking, via an exploration of sovereign debt. Uses interviews, archival evidence, and statistical analyses to assess the extent to which investors' attention to default risk and to government policies varies across countries and over time.
Explores the relationship between multinational production and workers rights. Employs both statistical analyses, presenting new data on collective labor rights for a wide range of countries; and on qualitative analyses. Draws a distinction between the effects on workers of directly owned versus subcontracted production.
Argues that professional investors tend to sort sovereign borrowers into categories, based on geography, marker development or creditworthiness; and that these categorizations help to explain governments' cost of capital. Helps to explain contagion and diffusion of risk, in crises as well as in "normal" periods of market operation.
Investigates the use of labor-related conditions in trade agreements. Focuses on the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences program and evaluates the extent to which conditions are used to address labor issues, versus being employed as a means of veiled protectionism.
Investigates the effect of global supply chain relationships on firms' willingness to invest in labor-related upgrading. Focuses on firms based in Vietnam, and considers how these firms respond differently to varying foreign economic opportunities.