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EC9B2: Topics in Applied Economics

  • Mirko Draca

    Module Leader
  • Camilla Roncoroni

    Module Lecturer
  • Miguel Almunia

    Module Lecturer
  • Roland Rathelot

    Module Lecturer
30 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module
Autumn Module

Principal Aims

The module aims to develop the skills and knowledge of Applied Economics necessary for a career as an academic economist and in all areas where advanced research skills in economics are required. Specifically, it aims to teach the students to understand, appreciate, and ultimately contribute to, frontier research. It is intended to be comparable to modules taught in the best research universities in the USA and elsewhere in Europe.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Have a good overview and a thorough understanding of Applied Economics. Develop a critical knowledge of recent research in some key areas of theory. Enable students to pursue their own research agenda in the field.


Topics might include:

Productivity; economics of science and innovation; the role of competition on health care outcomes.

Labour supply (static and dynamic); labour demand (individual firm and industry demand); retirement decisions.

Human capital: the basic human capital model; estimating returns to education; human capital versus signalling; education production functions, peer effects; training.

Search and matching in labour markets: theory and empirical evidence.

Labour market discrimination; labour migration.


Optional Module
L1PJ - Year 2
Pre or Co-requisites
Satisfactory completion of MRes year 1


Assessment Method
100% assessment
Coursework Details
4 x assessments worth 15% each and one class test worth 40%
Exam Timing

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