Labour Economics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Labour Economics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ECON 201; QUAN 102 or MATH 177 or STAT 131/193

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The determinants of wages and employment; education and training; immigration; inequality and discrimination; incentives, careers and contracts; collective bargaining; economic aspects of employment law; unemployment and labour market policies.

    Course Learning Objectives
    By the end of this course, students should be able to:
    1. Explain the determinants of labour demand in the short run and in the long run.
    2. Use individual and household labour supply models to explain the supply side of the labour market.
    3. Understand and apply the productivity and signalling models of human capital theory.
    4. Explain the presence of group differences in labour market outcomes and understand different ways of empirically measuring discrimination.
    5. Understand the determinants of geographic mobility and the effects of immigration on local labour markets.
    6. Synthesize information on different actors and outcomes across the various labour market topics.
    7. Critically evaluate academic research and studies dealing with labour economics.

    Assignment 1 12.5%
    Assignment 2 12.5%
    Assignment 3 12.5%
    Assignment 4 12.5%
    Final Exam (2 hours) 50%

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