School of Economics and Finance

ECOM028 - Labour Economics and Public Policy

The aim of this module is to enable students to gain an understanding of some relevant issues in contemporary labour economics with an emphasis on the empirical side of the discipline. The material is a mix of theoretical economics, data analysis and micro-econometric techniques. This module illustrates how economists uncover the effect of policy reforms and changes in opportunities and constraints on individual outcomes and behaviours using microdata. The approach used in this course is one that is becoming increasingly popular among applied economists in a number of sub-fields, including development economics, public finance, economics of education and public policy. Because of this, the module is addressed both to prospective researchers and to those wishing to pursue a variety of careers in government, international institutions and consulting.  Topics covered include: Wage differentials, Wage Inequality, Discrimination, School vouchers, Early education, Neighbourhood effects, Minimum wages, Early birth outcomes, Immigration, Returns to education, Productivity spillovers, Labour supply, Fertility, Intergenerational transmission of human capital,  Training, Welfare. Most of the readings for the course are journal articles.