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Topics in Labor Economics (Seminar)


The exam review for Topics in Labor Economics takes place on 10 April 2014 from 11:00 to 11:30. Please make an appointment with Conny Hupfer.




  • Thursday, 7 November 2013, 10:00–14:00: Labor Supply
  • Thursday, 14 November 2013, 12:00–14:00: Human Capital
  • Thursday, 28 November 2013, 10:00–12:15: Labor Demand
  • Thursday, 19 December 2013, 10:30–14:00: Labor Demand & Search and Matching Theory
  • Thursday, 23 January 2014, 10:30–12:00: Search and Matching Theory,
    room 202 (Breisacher Tor)



Paper Presentations

  • Wednesday, 29 January 2014, 14:00–18:00, room 2330 (KG II, 3rd floor)
  • Thursday, 30 January 2014, 10:00–14:00, room 2330 (KG II, 3rd floor)


  • Final Exam: Thursday, 13 March 2014, 10:00–12:00 (90 minutes), HS 1010
  • Retake: Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 18:00-20:00 (90 minutes), HS 2121


  • 6 ECTS


  • There will be a final exam at the end of the winter semester 2013/14.
  • Grading: The final grade will be based on the student presentations/referee report (25%) and the grade in the final exam (75%).


Course Material

  • Slides  (revised 14 November 2013)


It is recommended for students to have a good background in economic theory and econometrics.

Qualification Target

Particular emphasis is on the interaction of theoretical and empirical modelling and its relevance for economic policy. The students in the course will learn to understand and critically discuss current research papers and reports in the area of labor economics.

Course Description

This seminar covers current research issues in labor economics. It can be credited as a topics course (Forschungskurs). Prerequisites include basic microeconomic theory, intermediate econometrics and the lecture Labor Economics for Master/Diploma or equivalent prior knowledge. The seminar has two parts. In the first part, there is a series of five lectures on static and dynamic labour supply models, human capital, labor demand, and search and matching theory. In the second part, participants will have to present and discuss critically a research paper or a policy report and to write a critical referee report on the chosen paper/report. The referee report has to be turned in on the day of the presentation. A particular emphasis in this course is on the interaction of theoretical and empirical modelling and its relevance for economic policy.


  • O. Ashenfelter and D. Card (eds) (1999) Handbook of Labor Economics Vol. 3A-C, North-Holland.
  • O. Ashenfelter and D. Card (2011). Handbook of Labor Economics, Volume 4A and 4B, North Holland, Elsevier, Amsterdamm.
  • P. Cahuc and A. Zylberberg (2004) Labor Economics. MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Franz, W. (2009) Arbeitsmarktökonomik. 7th edition, Springer.

Section 1: Read the chapter by Blundell/MaCurdy in Ashenfelter/Card (1999) and Franz (2009, chapter 2).

Section 2: Read the chapter by Card in Ashenfelter/Card (1999) and Franz (2009, chapter 3).

Section 3: Read Franz (2009, chapter 4) and Cahuc/Zylberberg (2004, chapter 4), as well as
Acemoglu, D. (2002), Technical Change, Inequality and the Labor Market, Journal of Economic Literature, and the chapter by Autor and Acemoglu in Ashenfelter/Card (2011).

Section 4: Read Cahuc/Zylberberg (2004, chapter 3), as well as the chapter by Mortensen and Pissaridis in Ashenfelter/Card (1999).

Further Information

The assignments of the research papers to be discussed by the students take place during the first and second lecture.

There will be a kick-off meeting to discuss organizational questions on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 at 13:30 in room 2312.

Registration is possible until 14 November 2013.




Abteilung für Empirische Wirtschaftsforschung und Ökonometrie

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Platz der Alten Synagoge

D-79085 Freiburg

Tel.: 0761 203-2338

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