This is a free and open set of course materials released by the Saylor Foundation, an educational charitye. It consists of eleven units, each with readings and other web resources.
Subjects in Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Short video summary of what unit labour costs are and how they are calculated, using narrated animation. "Next it looks at how unit labour costs have changed since the onset of the 2008/09 recession and what drivers have caused the changes. Lastly it looks at sectional unit labour costs across both the production and service sectors and how they have changed since the start of the recession".
This is an archive of over 100 graphics constructed by the ONS, free to use under the Open Government Licence. Each focuses on making a few headline statistics or trends visible and colourful. Economic themes include the economic health of regions of the UK; trade statistics; the labour market; taxation; benefits; house prices. Social trends are also addressed by some of the graphics.
While most are drawn from data for a recent year, a few give a very long-term view, for example "170 years of industrial change across England and Wales" and "A Century of Home Ownership and Renting in England and Wales";
Slides from four revision lectures by Christine Greenhalgh, Oxford University, Summer 2009 (Powerpoint format, with references in the first file)
45-slide Powerpoint presentation from a 2008-10 course, including references.
"The purpose of these notes is to show how labour economics can be used to analyse and understand real economic episodes and events. The case study in question is Robert Owen’s management of the New Lanark Cotton Mills in the 19th century. We start by outlining the details of the case, then propose a theoretical framework, and finally use the framework to understand the case." 30 page Word document shared as part of the TRUE project.
PowerPoint presentation for a lecture in Globalization and Health: Health Worker Migration.
This is a course outline for a a unit of the OU Microeconomics course made available through their OpenLearn initiative. It includes a synopsis of the course brown down into key topics including, labour market disadvantage, Neoclassical models of discrimination, segmented labour markets and policy issues. It also includes links to related readings and activities.
Reading list and assignments for Labor Economics and Public Policy, taught Spring 2006.
Lecture notes, reading list and assignments for Labor Economics I (graduate-level course), taught 2003-2004.
Lecture notes, assignments and solutions for Labor Economics II (graduate-level course), taught Spring 2007, released by MIT OpenCourseWare
This is a collection of presentations given at various CBI (Confederation of British Industry) events made available via SlideShare. They have been authored by members of the CBI or invited speakers from HM Treasury, companies and other organisations. They cover topics such as public procurement, climate change, energy policy, pensions etc. In common with other resources available on SlideShare they are embeddable in other websites, some are downloadable and registered users can comment on the presentations.
This is a playlist of nineteen full-length lectures on YouTube, totalling more than 25 hours of video, recorded in Spring 2010. Topics include The New Economics of Mortality, Human Capital and Intergenerational Mobility, and Investment in Schooling and Training. Each lecture has a summary, a link to a PDF of lecture notes and a link to the course reading list.
A video lecture given by economist and farmer, PAJ Holden, lasting 10 minutes. He explains in clear terms what the Phillips curve is and how it relates to the apparent trade-off between inflation and unemployment.
Six lecture-length videos with detailed tables of contents covering Introduction; Woprker utility and labor supply; Firm production and labour demand; and Labor market equilibrium.
This archive uses presents feedback on multi-choice questions on 40 different topics, with varying numbers of questions in each. Many of the questions involve clickable images, with students using mouse clicks to indicate equilibria. Topics include: markets, firms, wages, national income, money, unemployment and inflation, government, and international.
The Transformaton of macroeconomic policy and research is Prescott's 2004 Nobel Prize lecture. It sets out the method and significance of micro-founded, forward-looking, dynamic-equilibrium models as originated by Kydland, Prescott, Lucas and others, and widely adopted as cheap computing power becomes available. Assess the impact on use of macro models for policymaking, with particular attention to time consistency and credible commitment. It is complemented by the shorter, more empirical 'Quantitative Aggregate Theory' by co-laureate Finn Kydland, available from the same site. Both in video as well as text form.
This sample chapter from the authors' textbook, Modern Labor Economics, is a 34-page PDF document. Headings include "The Determinants of Worker Mobility", "Policy Application: Restricting Immigration" and "Employee Turnover and Job Matching". It has been produced by Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Robert S. Smith of Cornell Unversity.
Industrial organization: a strategic approach is an online version of a text book written by Canadian economists Jeffrey Church and Roger Ware, in 2000. This intermediate level text on industrial economics covers, monopolies, oligopoly pricing, strategic behaviour, issues in antitrust economics and issues in regulatory economics. It is available as a single PDF download of over 1000 pages.
Ten multiple-choices questions based on two numerical examples of pay and effort, from a course on game theory.
Economic Growth and Government Policy seminar collates papers on economic growth, and its links to education and other aspects of government policy, presented to a HM Treasury seminar in October 2000 and downloadable as PDF files. Subjects include 'What does modern growth analysis say about government policy towards growth?' (Richard Freeman), 'Public policies and aggregate economic performance' (Tim Besley), 'Supply side policy and British relative economic decline' (Nick Crafts), 'The benefits of education' (Jon Temple). Papers are relatively short, avoid technical presentation, and summarise the state of the art of 'new' growth theory circa 2000.
Notes from twenty lectures of a 2006 course are available here as ordinary Web pages with graphics, streaming narrated slideshows, or as PowerPoint presentations. Topics are: Labor Markets; Short-run Labor Demand; Long-run Labor Demand; Labor Demand Elasticities; Nonwage Labor Costs; Labor Supply; Compensating Wage Differentials; Economics of Education; Worker Mobility; and Gender, Race, and Ethnicity.