Labour Economics

Subject ECON90013 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lectures and workshops totalling three hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


One of the following 2 subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1

Plus one of the following subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

ECON40008 Labour Economics

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This is an advanced subject in labour economics. Topics to be covered will include: Overview of labour market outcomes in Australia; Labour supply (including labour force participation, hours of work, and the effects of public policy); Labour demand; Human capital; Labour market discrimination; Unemployment; Wage determination; Earnings distributions; Impact of unions. Other topics may include labour market flows (including the analysis of quits and layoffs), immigration, and employment structures within firms. In each topic relevant theory and empirical research (especially relevant Australian studies) will be examined.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental features of a labour market, its operation, and role in the economy;
  • Apply relevant microeconomic and macroeconomic theory to explain the main potential determinants of labour market outcomes;
  • Critically evaluate empirical evidence on the operation of labour markets, and on the main determinants of labour market outcomes;
  • Formulate simple theoretical models of the operation of the labour market, and design strategies for empirically testing theories.
  • 2-hour end of semester examination (70%);
  • 2000 word individual essay due in week 12 (10%);
  • A 15 minute individual in class presentation (individual), individually allocated time from week 3 to week 11 (5%); and
  • Three group completed problem sets no more than 6 pages each due in weeks 5, 8 and 11) (15%)
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Evaluation of ideas, views and evidence
  • Synthesis of ideas, views and evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision-making
  • Summarise and interpretation of information
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Problem solving skills
  • Oral communication
  • Written communication

Students may not gain credit for both ECON90013 Labour Economics and ECON40008 Labour Economics.

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