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EC9C5: Topics in Labour Economics

  • Roland Rathelot

    Module Leader
  • Manuel Bagues

    Module Lecturer
12 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

The module aims to develop the skills and knowledge of advanced labour economics necessary for a career as an academic economist and in all areas where advanced research skills in labour 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 topics in advanced labour economics. Develop a critical knowledge of recent research in some key areas of advanced labour economics. Enable students to pursue their own research agenda in the field.


Illustrative topics might include:

Productivity; labour supply (static and dynamic); labour demand (the individual firm and industry labour demand, application: the effect of the minimum wage on labour demand), retirement.

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

Search and matching; search and matching theory; empirical papers on search and matching

Discrimination; Migration; Productivity; Crime


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


Assessment Method
Coursework (100%)
Coursework Details
2 assessments (worth 50% each)
Exam Timing

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