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OAFP 4600 - Labor Economics and Employment Policies

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English


Basic microeconomics, basic statistics or quantitive methods for social sciences

Course Description

This course is an introduction to labor economics and the evaluation of employment policies and labour market regulations. We will focus on the basic mechanisms explaining how wages, employment and unemployment are formed. We will describe and explain some important phenomena such over- and under-education, the persistence of discrimination for women, as well as for ethnic or sexual minorities, the growing polarization of jobs and the debate on inequality, as well as the influence of globalization and migration flows. The class will also review the impact of key public policies based on recent empirical research in this field, such as the influence of taxes and transfers, the debate on the minimum wage, the relationship between unemployment insurance and job search behaviors, the link between employment protection and job creation, the impact of training, placement, hiring subsidies on the chances to exit unemployment.


  • CARCILLO, Stéphane (Economiste, Conseiller au cabinet du secrétaire d'Etat chargé de l'emploi)
  • LUCA, Mario (Teaching Assistant)

Pedagogical format

Every class will be based on slides which will be posted in advance on my personal webpage

Course validation

Final Exam (50% of the final grade) and Take-home Essay (40% of the final grade), Participation (10% of the final grade) The Final exam (2 hours) will consist in a short essay and / or questions related to a topic studied in class and will take place during the last course. Questions for the take-home essay are allocated at random among students. They will be sent around mid-March. Students have two weeks to return the essay.

Required reading

  • P. Cahuc, S. Carcillo & A. Zylberberg (2014), Labor Economics , second edition, MIT Press.
  • G. Bordas (2012), Labor Economics , sixth edition, McGraw Hill