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Labour Market, Economic Growth and Inequality

The course provides an overview of sociological and economic perspectives on growth and the distribution of rewards and resources within the labour markets of advanced industrialized countries.

Themes include the development of economic growth, unemployment, and the distribution of incomes in different countries, supply and demand for qualifications on the labour market and the matching between them, the development of inequality in working life along the categories class, gender, and ethnicity, and the effects of globalization on national labour markets. The relation between theoretical models and empirical analyses within these and similar fields is a primary focus in this course.

  • Course structure

    The course runs at half-time pace. There are eight 2-hour meetings during the course. At each meeting (except meeting one) the first hour consists of an overview lecture and the second hour of a seminar with expected active participation of all students.

    Course- PM

    Labor markets, economic growth and inequality 2021 (110 Kb)


    There are four requirements for passing the course:
    1: active participation at all meetings (absence from one meeting is accepted without compensation)
    2: one prepared introductory discussion (5-10 minutes) at one of the seminars
    3: completion of all review texts
    4: completion of essay (take-home exam)


    Professor: Michael Tåhlin

  • 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.
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