Seminar: Labour Economics

Course content

The main component of the seminar is that each student will give a presentation and write a report on a topic of their choosing. The presentation and report should review and compare existing literature on a Labor Economics topic of their choosing. If interested, some students may also want to include a minor independent analysis, either empirical or theoretical. An example of this may be a replication of an existing empirical study or a minor extension of an existing theoretical model.

Seminar reports and presentations could for example be on the following topics:

  • Labor supply and demand
  • Education and human capital
  • Wage formation
  • Local labor markets
  • Job search, unemployment and job reallocation
  • Bargaining and minimum wages
  • Active labor market policies
  • Flexicurity and employment protection

MSc programme of Economics
The seminar is primary for students at the MSc of Economics

Learning outcome

The aim of the seminar is for students to get experience in doing research and working independently on a project. In particular the student are expected to get experience in how to approach a new topic or research question in the field of Labor Economics, find and synthesize existing knowledge on this topic, as well as possibly making an independent contribution to the field. 

The schedule for the seminar is as follows: We will during the first week of classes to briefly discuss the seminar outline, the choice of topics and other practicalities. By the third week of classes, students should submit 0,5-1 page outlining their topic of choosing and their plan for the rest of the semester. Next, students will work independently on their report and presentation, supported by small study groups. The first draft of the paper is due on November 15th. On November 16th and 17th (both days from 9-17) we will then have a “mini conference” where people give their presentations and get feedback on presentations and papers.

First meeting:
September 7, 2016. Time: To be announced

“Labor Economics” by Cahuc and Zylberberg

 “Handbook of Labor Economics Volumes 1-4” by various authors.

A background knowledge of basic models and concepts in Labor Economics (the equivalent of the the course Labour Economics at the University of Copenhagen) is also recommended but not necessary.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
A written seminar paper in English
All aids allowed

All papers in the seminar are allowed.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
up to 20 % censorship at the seminarpaper
Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 18
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Project work
  • 187
  • English
  • 206