Labour Economics (Economia do Trabalho)

Ano lectivo
Área Científica
Língua de Ensino
Modo de Ensino
Créditos ECTS
2º Ciclo - Mestrado

Conhecimentos de Base Recomendados

Inglês e Teoria Microeconomica (1.º ciclo).

Métodos de Ensino

The course covers labor demand and supply, and the set of lectures underlines the main issues at stake, both in an intuitive and formal way. Students have access to handouts covering the key aspects of the discussion. The multiple choice exam tests the understanding of concepts rather than any formal derivations, although a good theoretical background is required.  Students will also have to write a 10-page essay on a topic at their choice. The goal is to allow them to think more deeply about some particular topic, while showing proficiency in the use of the economics language.

Resultados de Aprendizagem

The course aims to provide the student with a solid introduction to contemporary labor economics. The objectives are to obtain an appreciation of the theory and reach of labor economics; to understand how labor markets can be analyzed from different economic perspectives; to obtain an understanding of how the experimental method of inquiry can be applied to analyze issues in labor and employment relations; to get some acquaintance with the key institutions of the labor market as well as some appreciation of the diversity of employment relations.




The course covers some 9 chapters in the required text (Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Robert S. Smith, Modern Labor Economics).

The main body of the material will cover labor demand and supply, monopsony, minimum wages, labor as a quasi-fixed factor, hiring and training investments by the firm, internal labor markets compensating wage differentials, investments in human capital, signaling, payment systems, contract theory, the wage-tenure profile, the economic impact of unions, and unemployment.

Selected topics:

1. The demand for labor. 2. Demand elasticities. 3. Labor market frictions. 4. The simple theory of labor supply. 5. Compensating wage differentials. 6. Human capital investments. 7. Pay and productivity. 8. Aspects of unionism. 9. Unemployment.

Métodos de Avaliação

class participation (15%); a detailed multiple choice exam (50%); a project (35%): 100.0%


EHRENBERG, Ronald G. ; SMITH, Robert S. – Modern labour economics : theory and public policy. 8th ed. Boston : Addison-Wesley, 2003. [BP 331.5 EHR]