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ECON6007 Labour Economics

Module Overview

The course discusses in details some of the most important topics in labour economics research by bringing the theory to the data using a combination of empirical methodologies.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake academic research in labour economics and to work as professional labour economists.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss key issues related to current research in labour economics
  • Employ modern theoretical and empirical techniques to analyse research questions in labour economics.
  • Use theoretical models and data to address policy questions in labour economics
  • Conduct independent empirical analysis of data using micro econometric techniques common in labour economics


We will study three main topics: - Labour supply - Labour demand - Human capital

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods


Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Cahuc, Pierre, and Carrillo Stephane, and Andre Zyberberg (2014). Labor Economics. 

Labor Economics. 

Readings are mainly from journal articles and research papers that will be provided during the course. 

Mostly Harmless Econometrics. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Essay  ( words) 90%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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