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The Economics of Discrimination

Not all difference results from discrimination. Not all discrimination results in observable differences. This course focuses on issues of difference and discrimination associated mainly with race and gender, focusing particularly (but not exclusively) on the labour market.

We will apply economic theory to the labour market and consider alternative economic theories of discrimination. We will examine empirical evidence on earnings and employment outcomes and we will look carefully at the ways in which econometrics has been used to address questions of discrimination.

  • Course structure

    This is a 7.5 credit course. One week of full-time studies equals 1.5 credits.

    Course material will be available through the learning platform Athena during the course.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures. The language of instruction is English.


    The course is examined on the basis of a written examination.


    Examiner and Course director: Mahmood Arai.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Articles uploaded in Athena.

  • Contact

    Course administrator intermediate level
    Academic advisor first level
    Director of studies - first and second level