Labour Economics

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Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
16 January 2020


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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 the course 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 the course students should be able to use economic analysis to understand the reasons for and significance of recent trends in the labour market and to evaluate particular policy interventions. Students will demonstrate their written communication skills in completing the term paper for the course.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Two 1-hour lectures per week in one term and 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. For modules including a term paper, the term paper will be returned with individualised feedback that addresses what the marking criteria are and how you could improve your own work.


  • Borjas, George J. (2016) Labor economics, New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Elif Kubilay, email:
Lectures & classes: Dr Elif Kubilay
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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Of 28 hours, 28 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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