Labour Economics

  • Credits 7.5  credits
  • Education ordinance First cycle
  • Study location Västerås
  • Course code NAA203
  • Main area Economics

The course aims to present modern economic theory of labor markets with applications to labor market policy.
Labor economics is the study of the labor market from an economic perspective.
Students learn to analyze how the interactions of the labor market agents, such as individuals, firms, organizations, and government, determines labor market participation, employment and unemployment, as well as wages and other aspects of labor contracts.
Labor supply and demand is studied, with applications to labor market participation, employment and working hours. A flow perspective of the labor market is applied to the analysis of job creation and destruction, job search and the matching of workers with vacant jobs. Various theories of wage determination are studied, e.g. compensating differences, human capital, and individual and centralized wage bargaining. The determinants of unemployment are treated from the perspectives of labor market friction, as in the theory of search and matching, and of wage formation, as in the theories of unions and efficiency wages. These theories are applied to questions of labor market policy.

Occasions for this course

Autumn semester 2021

  • Autumn semester 2021


    7.5 credits


    2021-11-08 - 2022-01-16 (part time 50%)

    Education ordinance

    First cycle

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    Study location


    Course syllabus & literature

    See course plan and literature list (NAA203)

    Specific requirements

    30 credits in Economics (at least 22,5 credits finished when the course starts). TOEFL test result, minimum score 575 with a TWE score of at least 4,5 (PBT) or 90 with a TWE score of at least 20 (iBT)/IELTS test result with an overall band score of minimum 6,5 and no band score below 5,5. The English test is COMPULSORY for all applicants except citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and USA.


    Upper secondary (high school) grades, Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test, University credits

Questions about the course?

If you have any questions about the course, please contact the Course Coordinator.

Senior Lecturer

Johan Lindén



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