Labor and Population Policy

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Mandatory Elective for MAIPA 2Y

Development, Social Justice and Human Rights, Quantitative Policy Analysis specializations for DPP

This seminar provides an in-depth understanding of how public policy shapes the arrangements, terms and conditions under which labor markets interact with various population processes. Current theoretical and policy approaches to labor market institutions and active labor market policies, social security and pensions, aging and retirement, education and training, migration, integration and discrimination, and fertility and family will be thoroughly studied.

 This course will primarily be based on critical in-class discussion structured around several focal topics and analytical approaches. This approach will provide the students with a broad understanding of economic principles behind, as well as enable them to profoundly analyze, current labor and population policy issues.


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The course fosters a comprehensive understanding of current labor and population policy issues. By the end of the course, a successful student will be equipped with an effective toolset to analyze labor and population policy issues and proposals from the economic perspective. Students shall improve their analytical and argumentative skills through written assignments and presentations fostering theoretical as well as policy applications and their oral communication skills through in-class discussions.

  • 1 presentation (Weight: 40%). A presentation lasts 20 minutes. A good presentation outlines the issue/question/puzzle the author/s of the presented article address, explains the data and methods, and discusses the results. It summarizes the papers key contribution, and draws policy implications. Best presentations put the paper in context of the literature, evaluate its strengths and limitations.
  • 1 policy brief (Weight: 60%). Topics to be proposed to the lecturer by October 13, 2016. A good policy brief will analytically discuss the selected topic, which should be firmly related to the topics discussed in the course, based on the required, recommended and other relevant readings. The policy brief should relate to a relevant policy issue; and it needs to clearly state and substantiate the main policy implications and recommendations. Quality of the argument matters, but the paper should not be less than 1500 words, neither more than 2000 words.  

none, but some prior Economics is an advantage