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Labor Economics für Bachelor


Prof. Bernd Fitzenberger, Ph.D.


Tuesday, 12.30 - 14.00, HS 3043


Annabelle Dörr

  Thursday, 10.15 - 11.45, HS 1009


The course is taught in English.

Credit Points:


Final Exam:

August, 8th 2014, 9.00 a.m., Room 2121
Retake: January, 13th 2015, 8.00 a.m., Room 2004


Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics











The course is open to Bachelor students in economics.

Course Description:

Wages, employment, and education are key aspects for the well being of most individuals in an economy and labor market policy is an important part of economic policy. Unemployment, wage inequality and vocational training are key issues in the policy debate.

This course provides an overview on the economic analysis of labor markets. The main parts of the course are static theories of labor supply, labor demand, investment into human capital, union theories and wage bargaining, efficiency wages, and unemployment. The course will be both theoretical and empirical. A number of current policy issues will be discussed as case studies such as 'welfare to work policies', 'minimum wages', 'activating job seekers', and 'policies to adress skill shortages'.

The course outline can be found here.


Course Material:

Prof. Fitzenberger will discuss one of his own papers in the first lecture. Please downlad the paper here.

Please download the slides for the first lecture here.

Material available at Chair after Tues 29 April 2014.

Problem Set 1

OECD Employment Outlook Chapter 1




Main References:

Borjas, G. J. (2012). Labor Economics, 6th edition, McGraw-Hill, Boston.

Franz, W. (2013). Arbeitsmarktökonomik, 8th edition, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.


Further References:

Dustmann, C., B. Fitzenberger, U. Schönberg, and A. Spitz-Oener (2014). From Sick Man to Economic Superstar: Germany's Resurgent Economy, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 28(1), 167-188.

Ehrenberg, R. G. and R. S. Smith (2009). Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy, 10th edition, Pearson.

Kaufman, B.E. and J.L. Hotchkiss (2003). The Economics of Labor Markets, 6th edition, Dryden Press, Fort Worth.

OECD (2013). Employment Outlook, July, Paris.



Abteilung für Empirische Wirtschaftsforschung und Ökonometrie

Raum 2309

Platz der Alten Synagoge

D-79085 Freiburg

Tel.: 0761 203-2338

Fax: 0761 203-2340

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