Fall 2020 - ECON 381 D100

Labor Economics (3)

Class Number: 8639

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 201 or 301; 60 units.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Analysis of the economics of the labor market with particular emphasis on wage determination, the concept of full employment, and manpower policies. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

Description: The goal of this course is to develop the skills to apply a systematic approach to analyzing important labour market issues. This approach includes developing appropriate theoretical frameworks (e.g. supply and demand; human capital theory; compensating differentials), learning to apply them to specific institutional contexts (unregulated markets; highly regulated markets; centralized bargaining) and incorporating data and empirical evidence.

Topics:

We will apply our analytical approach to several issues of immediate interest, including labour market policy responses to COVID-19, systemic labour market discrimination and the (low) wages of “essential” personal care workers.

Grading

  • Assignments 50%
  • Quizzes 50%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Benjamin, M. Gunderson, T. Lemieux and W.C. Riddell, Labour Market Economics, McGraw Hill, 8th edition, 2017. 978-1259267710 (etext)

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Please note that, as per Policy T20.01, the course requirements (and grading scheme) outlined here are subject to change up until the end of the first week of classes.

Starting Fall 2020, final exam schedules will be released in October. This will allow students to avoid enrollment conflicts, and will significantly reduce instances of exam hardship. If your course has a final exam, please ensure that you are available during the final exam period December 9 - 20 until you receive confirmation of your exam dates. 

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) at 778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca.

***NO TUTORIALS DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES***

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020

Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).