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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

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

Lectures will be given online.

Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Labor Economics. 

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

Mostly Harmless Econometrics. 

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


Assessment Strategy

In order to assure that students develop their technical competences and their understanding of the theoretical components of the course, a homework contributing 10% of the overall grade will be set. An important focus of the course is the issue of how to carry out empirical work transparently and scientifically so as to enable replicability. Hence the importance of the essay which is a critical replication study from a selection of papers. During the course, students will learn and be enabled via several practical exercises to carry out such a task. In order to incentivise students to engage continuously with the course material, students will be invited give brief presentations of key empirical papers that illustrate the material in the lectures. In order to increase engagement further, some students will be assigned the role of discussants. This component of the course will carry 10% and will be graded in the form of Pass/Fail.


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Essay  (2000 words) 80%
Individual Presentation 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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