1272 Field Course: Labor and Organisational Economics
Assoz.Prof PD Dr. Esther Arenas Arroyo
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/18/23 to 09/24/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 10/12/23 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM D4.0.127
Thursday 10/19/23 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.1.01 OeNB
Thursday 11/02/23 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM D4.0.127
Thursday 11/09/23 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM D4.0.127
Thursday 11/16/23 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.3.06
Thursday 11/23/23 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM D4.2.008
Thursday 11/30/23 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM D4.0.136
Thursday 12/07/23 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM D4.0.127
Thursday 12/14/23 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM D4.0.127
Thursday 12/21/23 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM D4.0.127
Thursday 01/11/24 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM D4.0.127
Thursday 01/18/24 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM D4.0.127
Thursday 01/25/24 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM D4.0.127
This course will give you an understanding of some of the issues in contemporary labour economics, with an emphasis on the empirical side of the discipline. You will cover a mix of theoretical economic, data analysis and econometric techniques.  This course is not intended to be an exhaustive survey of all of the relevant issues in labour economics. The topics chosen are selected in order to illustrate the varieties of questions labour economists ask themselves, and how they proceed to solve them. Topics covered include: introduction to empirical labour economics; human capital and returns to education; school quality;  the employment effect of minimum wages; labour supply; immigration; crime; discrimination.



Learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the theory and empirical methods of classic and active research topics in labour economics.


Attendance requirements

Attendance is compulsory and active participation (=discussion, presentations, questions, remarks) in class is expected. To some extent, this will be checked through the use of the WU-Learning Apps.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The course is divided in two parts: The first part covers fundamental aspects of the labor market. We start with basic models of labor supply and demand.  We then study different types of market failures and frictions. The second part of the course is structured around a number of key empirical literature. We first review research on inequality from an individual, firm and intergenerational perspective. We then cover causal evidence on how labor markets adjust to shocks.



The final grade is composed of:

  • Assignment I 10%
  • Assignment 10%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Discussion and participation during the lectures 5%
  • Exam 60%
Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Positive grades on the courses in microeconomics of the Master’s program are a prerequisite for participating in Labor Economics;

During there registration period, students will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once registration closes, more seats will be made available. Students from the waiting list will then be placed based. Students from an older cohort will be placed before students from younger cohorts. If you are registered, but do not intend to take the class, we ask you to deregister during the registration period. There is no guarantee for a seat in this lecture!


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Availability of lecturer(s)


Office hours: by appointment

Course of the course with restricted campus operations

Due to the Corona situation currently our courses are  held online. As soon as the circumstances allow, our courses will  be held at the campus again. You will be informed  in time.

Last edited: 2023-04-18