AØKA08065U Labour Economics
MSc programme in Economics – elective course
The PhD Programme in Economics at the Department of Economics:
- The course is an elective course with research module. PhD students must contact the study administration AND the lecturer in order to register for the research module and write the research assignment.
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 of 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 and wage bargaining
- Job search, unemployment and job reallocation
- Active labor market policies
- Flexicurity and employment protection
After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:
- Describe the following theories and concepts:
- The neoclassical theory of labor supply
- The neoclassical theory of labor demand
- General and specific human capital
- Different types of wage determination
Search and matching models of the labor market
- Apply the concepts and theories listed above in the analysis of concrete empirical phenomena and policy proposals
- Evaluate differences and similarities between the theories and concepts listed above
- Assess an empirical research design and how to develop arguments supporting or critizing the empirical strategy
- 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.
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.
It is strongly recommended to have followed the course Microeconomics III at the Study of Economics, University of Copenhagen, or equivalent prior taking "Labour Economics".
There will be office hours. The lecturers will inform you in Absalon.
Restrictions due to pandemic crisis:
The teaching in this course may be changed to be taught either fully or partly online due to a pandemic crisis like COVID-19. In case of changes and further information, please read the study messages in KUnet or the announcements in the course room on Absalon (for enrolled students).
2 hours lectures 1 to 2 times a week from week 6 to 20.
The overall schema for the Master courses can be seen at KUnet:
MSc in Economics => "courses and teaching" => "Planning and overview" => "Your timetable"
KA i Økonomi => "Kurser og undervisning" => "Planlægning og overblik" => "Dit skema"
Timetable and venue:
To see the time and location of lectures please press the link/links under "Timetable"/"Se skema" at the right side of this page (F means Spring).
You can find the similar information in English at
-Select Department: “2200-Økonomisk Institut” (and wait for respond)
-Select Module:: “2200-F22; [Name of course]”
-Select Report Type: “List – Weekdays”
-Select Period: “Forår/Spring – Week 5-30”
Press: “ View Timetable”
Please be aware:
- The schedule of the lectures and the exercise classes can be changed without the participants´ acceptance. If this happens you can see the new schedule in your personal timetable at KUnet, in the app myUCPH and through the links in the right side and the link above.
- It is the students´s own responsibility continuously throughout the study to stay informed about their study, their teaching, their schedule, their exams etc. through the curriculum of the study programme, the study pages at KUnet, student messages, the course description, the Digital Exam portal, Absalon, the personal schema at KUnet and myUCPH app etc.
Foreign students and guests: Information about admission requirements, application, tuition fee, registration at Study Economics.
Please read the curriculum before enrolment.
Gæste- og enkelfagsstuderende: Tilmelding via Uddannelse i Økonomi.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 12 hoursindividual take-home exam.
It is not allowed to collaborate on the assignment with anyone.
The exam assignment is given in English and must be answered in English.
- Exam registration requirements
There are no requirements that the student has to fulfill during the course to be able to sit the exam.
- All aids allowed
for the written exam.
Information about allowed aids for the re-examination, please go to the section "Re-exam".
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
for the written exam.
The oral re-examination may be with external assessment.
- Exam period
The regular exam takes place:
13 June 2022 from 10 AM to 10 PM
More information will be available in Digital Exam.
The Department can change the exam to another day and time than announced.
The reexam takes place:
In week 35 or 36
as a 20 minutes oral examination without preparation time.
No aids are allowed at the oral examination.
Due to COVID-19, the re-sit might change to 20 minutes oral ONLINE exam with all aids, without preparation time.
Exact day, time and place is available in Digital Exam in August.
The Department can change to another type, day, time and place than announced.
Criteria for exam assesment
Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the course.
In order to obtain the top grade “12”, the student must with no or only a few minor weaknesses be able to demonstrate an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.
In order to obtain the passing grade “02”, the student must in a satisfactory way be able to demonstrate a minimal acceptable level of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.
- Course code
- 7,5 ECTS
- Full Degree MasterPh.D.
- 1 semester
- Go to 'Signup' for
information about registration and enrollment.
- and venue:
- For teaching: Go to 'Remarks'.
- For exam and re-sits: Go to 'Exam'.
- Course is also available as continuing and professional education
- Study board
- Department of Economics, Study Council
- Department of Economics
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Daphné Jocelyne Skandalis (16-6c697870766d367b7369766c6974717b486d6b777636737d366c73)
See ‘Course coordinators’
Please read "Remarks" regarding the schedule of the teaching.