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ES30041: Economics of work

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Economics
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: EX 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment not allowed
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take ES20011 and take ES20013
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to provide a sustained application and extension of predominantly intermediate microeconomic theory to the labour market. The approach emphasises a critical understanding of the theory.

Learning Outcomes:
Learning outcomes are that students should gain a critical appreciation of the impact of market forces, institutions and regulations within labour markets. The general desirability of government intervention of various types into this vital area of the economy is a key question students should be able to tackle by the end of the course unit.

Using deductive reasoning in abstract models
Applying theory to specific contexts and empirical material
Synthesising relevant material and debates.

Labour is the most important single factor of production and the analytical and empirical study of the labour market constitute the content of this course. Topics covered will include: labour supply and demand; labour exchange; the employment relationship; labour market divisions; and labour in the market system.
Key text: Jacobsen and Skillman, Labour Markets and Employment Relationships (2004) Blackwell
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ES30041 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Economics (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHES-AKB03 : BSc (hons) Economics (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHES-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Economics and International Development (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHES-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Economics and International Development (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHES-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Economics and Politics (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHES-AKB01 : BSc (hons) Economics and Politics (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.