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Labour Economics and Wage-Setting Theory

Course within the Masterprogramme in Economics.

The objective of the course is to give the students basic knowledge of modern labour economics and wage-setting theory. The course will teach both basic theory in the field and give an overview of basic empirical knowledge. The course should provide the students with analytical tools for analysing a number of contemporary labour market issues. These include issues of the following type: Why is unemployment so high in some European countries but much lower in others as well as in Anglo-Saxon countries? Why is working time shorter in Europe than in the US and how is employment affected by the length of working time? Why has wage inequality increased in most countries in recent years? What is the impact of technological progress and globalisation on labour markets? What contributions can labour market policies make? How is employment affected by different labour market institutions?

  • Course structure

    This is a 7.5 credit course.

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

    Teaching format

    Instruction will mainly be in the form of lectures. A few seminar exercises must also be completed. Thecourse will be taught in English.


    Examination consists of two parts:

    • required answers to seminar exercises
    • a written exam


    Examiner and Course director: Ann-Sofie Kolm.

  • 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.

    • Cahuc, P. and Zylberberg, A. Labor Economics, MIT Press.
    • Articles
  • Contact

    Course administrator master's level
    Academic advisor master's level
    Director of studies first and second level