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Course 2017-2018 a.y.

20294 - LABOUR ECONOMICS


CLMG - M - IM - MM - AFC - CLEFIN-FINANCE - CLELI - ACME - DES-ESS - EMIT - GIO
Department of Economics

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 31

CLMG (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - M (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - IM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - MM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - AFC (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - CLEFIN-FINANCE (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - CLELI (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - ACME (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - DES-ESS (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - EMIT (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - GIO (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01)
Course Director:
JEROME FRANS ADDA

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: JEROME FRANS ADDA


Course Objectives

The course objective is to understand how labour markets work, and how they are affected by institutions, by trade policies and by technology. Both empirical evidence and theory are covered. The course provides the basic analytical and empirical tools enabling to write an MA-level dissertation in Labour Economics.


Course Content Summary
Throughout the course, we reflect and provide answers to the following questions
  • What can explain the presence of unemployment in equilibrium?
  • How do the unemployed search for jobs?
  • What is the effect of unemployment insurance on job search and on the unemployment rate?
  • How to design unemployment insurance rules and employment protection legislation?
  • Is there ethnic or gender discrimination in the labor market? What can be at the root of discrimination behaviors? What are their effects on educational investment?
  • Which anti-discrimination policies do government adopt? Which effectiveness?
  • What determines the level of education in our economies? Which policies lead young people to invest in education?
  • What are the effects of computerization on labor?
  • What are the effects of international trade on employment/unemployment and on wages?
Each question is considered in some theoretical framework. Empirical evidence leverage on difference-in-difference methods, and randomized controlled trials.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
For attending students
The final exam is written, 80% of the final grade.
Attending students are required to present one of the key papers during the class. This  amount to 20% of the final grade.

For non- attending students
They are required to take the final written exam.

Textbooks
  • P. CAHUC, S. CARCILLO, A. ZYLBERBERG, Labour economics, MIT Press, 2nd edition. Additional readings are provided at the beginning of the course.
  • Exam textbooks & Online Articles, check availability at the Library.

Prerequisites
The compulsory courses of the first semester of the MSc (advanced maths and advanced statistics) are sufficient to follow the course, provided that students have already taken some introduction courses in macro and micro. Following the econometrics course of the MSc is a good complement to Labour Economics 20294.
Last change 19/05/2017 10:17