Advanced Topics in Applied Economics I

Course code ECON4004
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


The course aims to outline and critically evaluate contemporary theoretical, empirical and policy issues in Labour Economics, with particular reference to unemployment. The role of both domestic and international economic institutions on the conduct of policy is emphasised. Students are assisted to access, analyse and synthesise the most recent theoretical and empirical research. They will gain a deep understanding of the competing views about the conduct of labour market policy.



  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Assess competing theoretical arguments about the operation of the labour market.

2. Demonstrate a deep analytical understanding of contemporary public policy issues;

3. Access and analyse labour market data which are pertinent to contemporary labour market debates internationally;

4. Engage in critical thinking through the comparative assessment of competing labour market models and policy frameworks.

5. Engage with fellow students in the evaluation and presentation of arguments about labour market theory and policy.


The course aims to critically evaluate contemporary theoretical, empirical and policy issues in selected specialised areas of economics. Although not limited to these topic areas, the topics covered in the course may include one or more of the following areas of economics.

  1. Post Keynesian Theory
  2. Employment Determination
  3. Unemployment: Pure and Imperfect Competition
  4. Money and Real Wage Flexibility
  5. Efficiency Wage Theory
  6. Alternative Policy Responses to Unemployment
  7. Labour Market Segmentation
  8. Women and the Labour Market


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in economics.

Assessment Items

Essay: Research Essay

Written Assignment: Policy Briefs

Presentation: Presentation

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term