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Labour Market, Economic Growth and Inequality

  • 7.5 credits

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.

    Assessment

    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)

    Examiner

    Professor: Michael Tåhlin

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