AØKA08065U Labour Economics
The course in labor economics is supposed to enable students to read and understand current and previous research in labor economics, discuss policy proposals from the perspective labor economics and reflect critically on new theories and empirical evidence.
The course covers the following topics:
- Labor supply and demand
- Education and human capital
- Wage formation
- Job search, unemployment and job reallocation
- Bargaining and minimum wages
- Active labor market policies
- Flexicurity and employment protection
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
Describe the following theories and concepts:
- The neoclassical theory of labor supply both in a static and dynamic setting
- The neoclassical theory of labor demand
- General and specific human capital
- Different types of wage determination, including bargaining, compensating differentials and contract theory
- Local labor markets
- Search and matching models of the labor market
Evaluate differences and similarities between the theories and
concepts listed above
Apply the concepts and theories listed above in the analysis of concrete empirical phenomena and policy proposals:
- Apply and extend theoretical labor market models with the view to understanding real world issues.
- Construct and defend arguments on issues related to labor economics.
- Assess an empirical research design and how to develop arguments supporting or critizing the empirical strategy.
The textbook for the class is:
Cahuc, P., S. Carcillo, and A. Zylberberg (2014), “Labor Economics”, MIT Press, ISBN: 9780262027700.
The textbook will be supplemented by lecture notes, slides and a few journal articles.
2 hours lectures 1 to 2 times a week from week 6 to 20 (except holidays).
Timetable and venue:
The schedule for the semester spring 2018 will be available no later than 7th of November 2017
Registration and information for foreign students not enrolled please find more information at Study Economics.
Læs om uddannelsen og studieordningen på KA uddannelsen i økonomi.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 12 hourstake-home exam. The exam assignment is given in English and must be answered in English.
- Exam registration requirements
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
if chosen by the Head of Studies.
- Exam period
The schedule for the exam 2018 will be available no later than 7th of November 2017
The schedule for the reexam 2018 will be available no later than 7th of November 2017
If only a few students have registered for the re-exam, the exam might change to an oral exam including the date, time and place for the exam, which will be informed by the Examination Office.
Criteria for exam assesment
Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the course.
To receive the top grade, the student must be able to demonstrate in an excellent manner that he or she has acquired and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.