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Introduction to Labour Economics

Course Code: ECON 2280
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Economics
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This introduction to labour economics develops an analytical framework for thinking about issues and policies related to the labour market. It will provide an overview of the institutional aspects and recent trends in the Canadian labour market. This course provides the student with an understanding of the demand for and supply of labour in the Canadian labour market and explains labour market participation. It examines the nature of the labour market by developing models to explain wage determination and issues relating to employment discrimination. Government policies towards wage setting, unemployment, education, and retraining will be discussed.

Course Content

  1. Labour force characteristics.
  2. Institutional aspects of the labour market.
  3. Employment.
  4. Unemployment and policy.
  5. Labour compensation, time allocation, and labour supply.
  6. Labour demand.
  7. Labour market models, equilibrium, and wage adjustment.
  8. Wage differentials, discrimination, and unions.
  9. Human capital, investment, and training.

Methods of Instruction

Lecture and seminar.

Means of Assessment

Minimum of three (3) evaluations and no one evaluation is worth more than 40%

Final Examination       30% - 40%
Term tests 30% - 70%
Essay   0% - 30%
Presentation   0% - 10%
Total         100%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the nature of labour demand and labour supply.
  2. Use labour market models to explain the behaviour workers and firms.
  3. Analyze a variety of public policy issues around labour in Canada.
  4. Identify and explain trends and patterns in the labour market.
  5. Explain reasons for labour migration.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of labour relations.
  7. Explain issues relating to wage differentials, education policy, and training.

course prerequisites

ECON 1150 and ECON 1250

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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