Labour and Population Policy

Academic Year: 
Course Description: 

M/E for Year 1 MPA and 1YMAPP students (they have to complete 2 credits of either this or Public Sector Economics (2) or Public Choice (2) or Macroeconomics and Public Finance (4) or Institutions, Culture and Development (2)

Elective course for Year 2 MPA and Mundus MAPP

Governance specialization

Social Justice and Human Rights specialization

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 analyze current labor and population policy issues. 

Learning Outcomes: 

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. 


This course will be graded based on in-class presentations of required readings and a policy brief.

Policy briefs will analytically discuss a topic firmly related to the themes discussed in the course, based on the required, recommended and other relevant readings. They should relate to a relevant policy issue; and it needs to clearly state and substantiate the main policy implications and recommendations.