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Undergraduate Course: Applied Labour Economics (ECNM10112)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Economics CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will explore the key concepts, issues and models in labour economics, along with examining empirical evidence and policy implications of those models. Students will gain a deeper understanding of recent research findings in some specific areas of labour economics.
Course description This course is an overview course in Applied Labour Economics. Its aim is to familiarise students both with the standard theoretical concepts in the analysis of labour markets, as well as with the empirical methodology and evidence. As such, it is complementary to other courses in Labour Economics, but also to courses in Education Economics, Applied Econometrics, and the Economics of Taxation. In addition, it should also be a good preparation for your own empirical work and writing of applied research papers.
Topics include labour supply and labour demand, wage polarization and labour market inequality, intergenerational mobility, market power of firms and workers, causes and consequences of immigration, discrimination, and gender economics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Economics 2 (ECNM08006)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Essentials of Econometrics (ECNM10052)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 90 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Problem Sets - 10%
Degree Exam - 90%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand key concepts, issues and models in labour economics, along with empirical evidence and policy implications of those models and a deeper understanding of recent research findings in some specific areas of labour economics.
  2. Understand and critique empirical strategies to estimate causal relationships.
  3. Demonstrate research and investigative skills such as problem framing and solving.
  4. Demonstrate personal effectiveness through task-management, time-management, dealing with uncertainty and adapting to new situations, personal and intellectual autonomy through independent learning.
  5. Demonstrate practical/technical skills such as, modelling skills (abstraction, logic, succinctness), quantitative analysis and interpretation of data, and general IT literacy.
Reading List
There is no dedicated textbook, but the following is a good source that covers many of the topics also covered in this course:

George Borjas, Labor Economics, 8th edition, McGrawHill 2019
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordslabour economics
Course organiserMr Cesar Luis Garro Marin
Course secretaryMx Fran Knocke
Tel: (01316) 515385
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