Advanced Topics in Applied Economics I

Course code ECON4004Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
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.
ContentThe 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
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBachelor's degree or equivalent in economics.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Essay
Policy Briefs
Examination: Formal
Presentations - Individual
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Commerce (Hons)
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ECON4004