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Volkswirtschaftslehre

Labour Economics: A European Perspective

Exam number: 6038

Semester: from 4th semester (Schwerpunktbildung)

Duration of the module: One semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective etc.): Elective

Frequency of module offer: Each winter semester; for the last time in winter semester 2016/2017

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Mathematics, Microeconomics, Statistics. Grundlagenausbildung should be completed.

Applicability of module for other study programmes:
Obligatory or elective in other study programmes. For further information check regulations of the study programme.

Person responsible for module: Prof. Ingo Geishecker, PhD

Name of the professor: Prof. Ingo Geishecker, PhD

Language of teaching: English

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 6

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Contact time (lecture, tutorials, seminar etc.) 60 h; self-study: 120 h

Contact hours (per week in semester): 4

Methods and duration of examination:
There are six small home assignments. Students are expected to be able to present and comment on their home assignment solutions in class. The average points across all assignments constitute bonus points to students’ exams. The final written exam lasts 120 minutes yielding a maximum of 120 points.

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Please check regulations of the study programme

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
Knowledge of basic theories explaining the functioning of labour markets and labour market outcomes
Development of skills for reading and interpreting empirical studies
Development of statistical skills for basic data analysis

Contents of the module:
The course covers basic theories of labour economics and related empirical research. Topics include labour supply and demand, human capital, wage regressions, labour market discrimination, labour mobility, unemployment and unions. Weekly home assignments are an essential component of the course as are hands-on empirical exercises.

Teaching and learning methods:
Lecture with tutorial and computer exercise

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Compulsory:
Georg J. Borjas "Labor Economics", 5th or 6th edition, Mc Graw-Hill, Boston.
Articles provided on reading list throughout the course.

Further information:
Registration in Moodle Viadrina required.