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DESU Magistère Ingénieur EconomisteUE Labour economics



The objective of this course is to provide students with the necessary tools to be able to analyze the consequences of various labor market institutions and active labor market policies on employment, unemployment and labor market participation.

Course overview :

In the three first chapters, we will propose various theoretical setups to analyze the impact of various types of taxes, a minimum wage and labor unions on the functioning of the labor market. The theories of discrimination under perfect and imperfect competition are analyzed in chapter 4. The theory of human capital, the role of education as a signaling device and the relationship between education and income are studied in chapter 5. The last chapter will introduce the modern theory of the labor market based on search and matching. This more modern theoretical setup will be studied in more detail in Master 2.

For every chapter, we will contrast theoretical predictions with empirical evidence.

Professional skills

By the end of the course all the students should be able to propose a rigorous and formal economic analysis on the consequences of a particular policy measure or institution on the labor market.

Language used

Main language used by this course: Anglais.


  • Boeri, T. and van Ours, J., The Economics of Imperfect Labor Markets, 2013, the Princeton University Press
  • Cahuc P., Carcillo S. and Zylberberg A., Labor Economics, 2014, the MIT Press

Recommended prerequisites

Ability to interpret graphics

Basic econometric knowledge (interpreting the results from a regression, basic knowledge of alternative estimating methods such as OLS or IV)

Mathematics : Derivatives and equation solving

Structure and organisation

The course is mainly based on the two textbooks provided bellow.

The results of some research articles will also be analyzed during the course.

The evaluation will be a final exam.

Volume of teachings

  • Lectures: 24 hours