2315 Economic Policy (Applied Track)
Patrick Mokre, M.Sc.Ph.D., Franziska Disslbacher, PhD, MSc, BSc
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
10/04/23 to 10/04/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Friday 11/03/23 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.4.17
Friday 11/10/23 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM D3.0.218
Friday 11/24/23 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM D2.0.392
Friday 12/01/23 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.3.10
Friday 12/15/23 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM D3.0.222
Friday 01/12/24 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.3.10

Detailed syllabus can be found here:

“MSc Economic Policy” covers the political-economic and theoretical foundations, empirical analysis and policy spaces of labor markets. We put special emphasis on questions of inequality (before and after state redistribution) in multiple dimensions, including industrial and firm inequality, and the gender and racial wage gaps.

The first part introduces different theoretical approaches to the labor market (Neoclassical model with special emphasis on monopsony, Post-Keynesian, Classical/Marxist Political Economy).

In the second part, we discuss state-of-the art approaches and microeconometric methods as well as the resulting empirical evidence in selected but widely debated areas of labor market policy. Examples are minimum wages, employment subsidies, employee’s representation, anti-discrimination, the design of unemployment insurance and tax-and-benefit-based redistribution. We also study and discuss the relationship between empirical research (results) and their theoretical foundation.

Throughout the semester: (i) Students have to develop and carry out an empirical research project based on micro-data to study an important question in the field of labor market research and policy. The outcomes have to be presented in the third part of the course; (ii) Students improved on general skills, in particular their ability to think critically, and their academic reading and presentations skills.

Learning outcomes

Students have acquired advanced knowledge of the theoretical foundations of labor markets and of methodological approaches to study the dynamics of labor markets and (active) labor market policies.

Students have acquired a sound understanding of contemporary debates and the more recent economic literature in the field of labor economics and of challenges in European labor market policies.

They have developed a firm understanding of the identification strategies and econometric methods used to evaluate (labor market) policies as well as hypotheses on the inner workings of the labor market.

Students have learned to formulate relevant research questions, to develop a research proposal, to employ suitable methods, to work with microdata, and they have developed skills to present their research projects in a conference-style setting. In addition, they have improved substantially their ability to grasp the main arguments and to critically assess academic research papers.

Graduates of the course understand the different theoretical approaches as well as the policy proposals arising from them and can participate in informed debate on their respective economic merits.


Attendance requirements

Absence in one session is tolerated. Each lesson begins with a quiz on the obligatory literature for the session. Quizzes count towards the final grade.

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • Readings
  • Lectures and Discussion
  • Group Project (using data from the Austrian Labor Market Database "AMDB")
  • Informed participation in discussions (10%)
  • Weekly quizzes (20%)
  • Written assignments (discussion/referee report) on two research papers (20%)
  • Presentation of research project (50%)
Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

First-Come-First-Serve + Regulations of MSc Economics (Applied Track)


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Last edited: 2023-10-04