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040298 UK Labor Economics (BA) (2021S)

Track in Policy Evaluation

8.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work
We 23.06. 11:30-13:00 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 03.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 04.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 10.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 11.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Wednesday 16.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

IMPORTANT: Due to the current situation, the course will be given online via live streams. Students are expected to virtually attend all lecture live streams, which take place during the scheduled time slots and can be accessed via the Moodle group of the course. Midterm exam, final exam and student presentations will also be done online.



This course aims at introducing students to the theory and empirics of labor economics. We will discuss the prevalent economic theories and examine recent empirical evidence, with an emphasis on the application of appropriate empirical methods. Covered topics include labour supply, the role of education and skills, unemployment, discrimination, earnings inequality and labour market policies.

Typical research questions in labour economics are: What are the returns to schooling? What is the impact of technical change on jobs and wages? Why are women paid less? How does unemployment insurance affect labour supply?

Course goals

At the end of the course, students should have a comprehensive understanding of the labour market and be able to analyse related policy questions. Based on their knowledge of analytical tools and methods, they should be able to critically judge research conducted in labour economics.


Knowledge of econometrics and microeconomics (as taught in core courses).

Assessment and permitted materials

The assessment consists of a midterm exam (35%), a final exam (35%), presentation of research papers (15%) and in-class participation (15%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

All covered material is relevant for the exams.

Reading list

- George J. Borjas. Labor Economics, 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2015.
- Selected research papers
- Supplementary reading: Joshua D. Angrist and Jörn-Steffen Pischke. Mastering 'Metrics: The Path from Cause to Effect. Princeton University Press, 2014.

Association in the course directory

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