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EC318: Labour Economics

  • Amira Elasra

    Module Leader
15 CATS - Department of Economics
Summer Module
Spring Module

Principal Aims

The module is a Labour Economics Module. It is designed for Final year Economics students, who have interest in the area of Labour Economics and Education Economics. The module teaches a range of topics related to these two areas in addition to linking the Labour market dynamics to gender specific topics. The module is both research oriented and research tutored type of module. It introduces and examines the theoretical foundations of the covered topics and integrate them with the empirical investigations of such topics.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: (i) Economic Principles: knowledge and understanding of core concepts and methods in micro and macroeconomics. (ii) Intermediate labour economics, by applying the microeconomic techniques acquired in earlier economics modules. (iii) The operation of both supply and demand in the labour market, its imperfections and its institutional features. (iv) Theories which seek to model, understand and explain heterogeneity in labour market behaviour. (v) Research issues: Familiarity with contemporary debates and latest research in labour economics. Understanding of how to approach an economic problem from the perspective of a contemporary researcher in economics.


The syllabus for this module may include some or all of the following list of topics, although it should be noted that this list is not exhaustive: wage setting; wage dispersion; wage structure; employment; unemployment; labour supply; labour market equilibrium; human capital, education and training; labour demand; unions; mobility and migration; labour market discrimination; labour market interventions and policy evaluation.


Optional Module
L100 - Year 3, L103 - Year 4, L116 - Year 3, L117 - Year 4, LM1D (LLD2) - Year 3, LM1H - Year 4, V7ML - Year 3, V7MM - Year 4, V7MP - Year 3, V7MR - Year 3, GL11 - Year 3, GL12 - Year 4, LA99 - Year 3, R9L1 - Year 4, R3L4 - Year 4, R4L1 - Year 4, R2L4 - Year 4, R1L4 - Year 4, L1L8 - Year 3
Pre or Co-requisites

Any of:

EC204-30 Economics 2 AND

EC203-30 Applied Econometrics


EC204-30 Economics 2 AND

EC226-30 Econometrics 1


EC201-30 Macroeconomics 2 AND

EC202-30 Microeconomics 2 AND

EC226-30 Econometrics 1


Modules: (EC204-30 and EC203-30) and (EC204-30 and EC226-30) and (EC201-30 and EC202-30 and EC203-30) and (EC201-30 and EC202-30 and EC226-30)


Assessment Method
Coursework (20%) + Online Examination (80%)
Coursework Details
Online Examination (80%) , Student Participation (10%) , Test (10%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new rubric for 23/24, so this will differ slightly to the rubrics found on available past papers.

Time Allowed: 2 Hours

Read all instructions carefully - and read through the entire paper at least once before you start entering your answers.

There are TWO sections in this paper. Answer ONE question in Section A (10 marks) and ALL questions in Section B (90 marks total).

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

You should not submit answers to more than the required number of questions. If you do, we will mark the questions in the order that they appear, up to the required number of questions in each section.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.