Labor and Population Economics

discussionThe Labor and Population Economics field focuses on studying the various theoretical and empirical aspects of labor markets and the employment relationship. Topics include: static and dynamic labor supply and demand, human capital, unemployment, job matching and turnover, determinants of wage differences and discrimination, union wage and employment determination, empirical methods in labor markets analysis including structural and quasi experimental estimation methods.

M.S. Courses

ApEc 5511. Labor Economics. 3 cr.

Ph.D. Courses

ApEc 8501. Labor economics I. 2 cr.
ApEc 8502. Labor economics II. 2 cr.
HRIR 8801. Core Seminar: Fundamentals of Economic Analysis for Work and Organizations. 3 cr. OR PA 8331. Economic Demography. 3 cr.

Students should complete the courses above in preparation for the labor economics Field Examination.

The following courses are useful supplements, depending on interests within labor economics:

  • HRIR 8071: Labor relations and collective bargaining
  • HRIR 8141: Organizational theory foundations of high-impact HRIR (This course alternates between an economics and an organizational behavior focus, depending on whether it is taught by an economist.)
  • PA 8302: Applied policy analysis


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Alan Benson
John Budd
Elizabeth Davis
Paul Glewwe
Terrance Hurley
Janna Johnson
Jason Kerwin
Morris Kleiner
Deborah Levison
Colleen F. Manchester
Joe Ritter
Aaron Sojourner