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Undergraduate Course: Labour Economics (ECNM10021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Economics CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEconomics Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aim of the course is to introduce students and provide overview of the basic theoretical and empirical literature on employment, wages, working conditions and unemployment. In particular it will enable students to apply the tools of analysis to a wide range of models and policy relating to the functioning of labour markets. The recommended text for the semester is easily accessible and up-to-date: George J. Borjas (2010): $¨Labor Economics,&ę Fifth Edition, McGraw-Hill (International Edition). We focus on labor supply and demand, and various applications of human capital investment and education, compensating wage differentials, discrimination, bargaining, contracts and incentives. The goal is to develop good economic intuition on any of these topics. In addition, there will be a small variety of readings assigned as needed either in class or as the model progresses which students are advised to read carefully. These readings are selected primarily to aid your comprehension. Some of the main empirical strategies to analyse labour market outcomes will be discussed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLectureDavid Hume Tower, Room 7.011-11 16:10 - 18:00
First Class Week 18, Thursday, 16:10 - 18:00, Zone: Central. David Hume Tower, Room 7.01
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course students should have developed their general skills of critical analysis and assessment; obtaining and processing information from a variety of sources; presentation and communication skills; interpersonal and groups skills; independent action and initiative; managing tasks and time.
Assessment Information
April/May degree Exam 60%
2 Problem sets 10% each
Mid semester exam 20%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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Contacts
Course organiserProf Michael Elsby
Tel: (0131 6)50 8369
Email: Mike.Elsby@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Eirlys Armstrong
Tel: (0131 6)50 8361
Email: eirlys.armstrong@ed.ac.uk
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