Labour Economics

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
02 May 2024


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Module description

This course investigates the determination of labour market outcomes (wages and employment) and discusses why and how differences across individuals may occur. In the beginning of the course we develop the basic analytical tools necessary for understanding wage and employment formation, and discuss what makes the labour market an important and a special type of market.

After this, the basic models are extended to analyse how and why labour market outcomes differ across groups and over time, in particular in terms of the increased inequality of wages and the convergence of male and female market outcomes. Throughout the course, practical examples are used to highlight the applicability of labour economics to current issues and policies.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To apply economic analysis to the determination of wages and employment. Emphasis is placed both on the acquisition of analytical tools and on knowledge of how labour markets have changed in recent years.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Use economic analysis to understand the reasons for and significance of recent trends in the labour market.

  2. Evaluate particular policy interventions.

  3. Demonstrate their written communication skills in completing the term paper for the course.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  • Two 1-hour lectures per week in one term
  • An additional 5 hours of class/seminar sessions.

Feedback for this module will occur through class meetings where we will go over the answers to problem sets and where you will be able to ask questions about your own method of solution; answers that will be posted on the website for the module that will give you written guidance on the appropriate method to approach the problems, assignments, and tests; and office hours where any additional questions can be addressed. You should be sure that you use these methods to understand how to improve your own performance.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   EC363 Term Paper     
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Additional coursework information

The coursework comprises:

  • One formative assessment, consists of a short problem set. Participation in the formative assessment is compulsory: failure to do so is evidence of unsatisfactory academic progress.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Elif Kubilay, email:
Lectures: Dr Elif Kubilay / Classes: Dr Rejoice Frimpong
For further information, send an email message to



External examiner

Dr Georgios Chrysanthou
University of Dundee
Lecturer in Economics (Teaching and Research)
Available via Moodle
Of 441 hours, 29 (6.6%) hours available to students:
412 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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