Economics of the Labour Market (ECON6009)


The purpose of this unit is to study some of the major issues in modern labour markets. Trends such as the increase in part-time work, the growing inequality in income and earnings, changes in the returns to education, and the simultaneous increase in hours of work and unemployment are addressed. The material consists of both empirical facts relating to the labour markets and the theories which are used to understand these facts. Part of the unit is devoted to the study of wage and employment contracts in the presence of uncertainty and other information problems. Imperfect information will have implications for the level of employment and unemployment, the structure of wages, and the use of particular forms of compensation such as bonuses, trust funds, and performance bonds.

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1x3hr seminar/week


Take-home assignments equivalent to 1000wds 20%), 1x1.5hr Mid-semester test (30%), 1x2hr Final exam (50%),

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

ECON6001, ECON6002

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