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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Seminar: Labour Economics

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Nikolaj Arpe Harmon (14-7b76787c796e773b756e7f7a7c7b4d72707c7b3b78823b7178)
  • Department of Economics
Course number: AØKK08137U

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

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. 

Recommended prerequisites

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.

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for enrolled students. More information about registration, schedule, rules, courses etc. can be found at the student intranet (KUnet) for courses (English) and student intranet (KUnet) for courses (Danish).

More information about seminars is available in KUnet for  Study Programme (UK) and Study Programme (DK).


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


Department of Economics, Study Council


1 semester


Autumn (36-50)
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Teaching and learning methods

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.


Category Hours
Seminar 18
Exam 1
Project work 187
English 206

Exam (Written)

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

Criteria for exam assessment

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

Censorship form

External censorship
up to 20 % censorship at the seminarpaper

Exam period

Autumn 2016:

Deadline for submitting the commitment paper: Not later than October 1, 2016

Presentation days: November 15 and 16 (9-17)

Deadline for submitting the seminar paper: December 5, 2016 at 10 AM

For enrolled students more information about examination, exam/re-sit, rules etc. is available at the student intranet for Examination (English) and student intranet for Examination (KA-Danish).




Submission of a written assignmetn and an oral exam in which you may be examined in the presentations of the other students participating in the seminar during the enrolment period in question.

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