Subjects in Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment

Saylor Foundation

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.

Assessment Materials, Handbooks and reading lists, Online Text and Notes, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Office for National Statistics

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".

Principles of Microeconomics, Video and Audio Lectures, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Office for National Statistics

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"; 

Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Applied Economics, Consumption and Households, Lecture Slides, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment, Regional and Urban Economics
Christine Greenhalgh, Oxford University

Slides from four revision lectures by Christine Greenhalgh, Oxford University, Summer 2009 (Powerpoint format, with references in the first file)

Lecture Slides, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Tim Hinks, University of Bath

45-slide Powerpoint presentation from a 2008-10 course, including references.

Lecture Slides, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Monojit Chatterji, University of Dundee

"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.

Online Text and Notes, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
John Ashmore, University of Cape Town

PowerPoint presentation for a lecture in Globalization and Health: Health Worker Migration.

Lecture Slides, Health Economics, Heterodox Economics, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Open University

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.

Intermediate Microeconomics, Curricula and Syllabi, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Joshua Angrist, MIT

Reading list and assignments for Labor Economics and Public Policy, taught Spring 2006.

Assessment Materials, Handbooks and reading lists, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
David Autor & Phillip Oreopoulos, MIT

Lecture notes, reading list and assignments for Labor Economics I (graduate-level course), taught 2003-2004.

Assessment Materials, Advanced Applied Economics, Handbooks and reading lists, Online Text and Notes, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Michael Piore & Jorn-Steffen Pischke, MIT

Lecture notes, assignments and solutions for Labor Economics II (graduate-level course), taught Spring 2007, released by MIT OpenCourseWare

Assessment Materials, Advanced Applied Economics, Online Text and Notes, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Confederation of British Industry

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.

Principles (General), Lecture Slides, Online Text and Notes, Industrial Economics, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment, Managerial and Business Economics
Gary Becker, University of Chicago

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.

Intermediate Microeconomics, Advanced Applied Economics, Video and Audio Lectures, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
PAJ Holden

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.

Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Hal Snarr, Westminster College, Utah

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.

Video and Audio Lectures, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Biz/ed

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.

Assessment Materials, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Principles (General), Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Development Economics, Economic Growth, Environmental and Transport Economics, International Economics, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment, Other topics
Edward C Prescott, Arizona State University

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.

Intermediate Macroeconomics, Online Text and Notes, Video and Audio Lectures, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment, Political Economy
Ronald G Ehrenberg, Cornell Unversity, Robert S Smith, Cornell Unversity

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.

Online Text and Notes, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Jeffrey Church, University of Calgary, Roger Ware, Queen's University, Ontario

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.

Intermediate Macroeconomics, Online Text and Notes, Industrial Economics, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
Mike Shor, Vanderbilt University

Ten multiple-choices questions based on two numerical examples of pay and effort, from a course on game theory.

Assessment Materials, Game Theory, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
HM Treasury

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.

Economic Growth, Online Text and Notes, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment, Political Economy, Public-sector Economics and Public Choice Theory
Geraint Johnes, Lancaster University

There are several interactive tests arranged here under the two topics of labour and education economics. Each test consists of ten questions, with each question on an individual page, using javascript to give feedback on individual responses. The labour economics quizzes are: Basic Principles; Job Search; Bargaining; Layard, Nickell & Jackman's Model of Unemployment; Keynesian Unemployment; Institutional Models; Minimum Wages; Hysteresis & Nonlinearities; Efficiency Wages; Discrimination; and Human resource management. The education economics quizzes are: Human Capital, Rates of Return, The Neoclassical Growth Model, Endogenous Growth, Class Size, School-to-Work Transition, Universities as Multiproduct Organisations, Innovative Funding Mechanisms, Performance Indicators, and Graduate Labour Markets.

Assessment Materials, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
John Kane, SUNY Oswego

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.

Lecture Slides, Online Text and Notes, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment
PAJ Holden
Short and succinct video lecture on Keynesian versus Monetarist interpretations of the labour market. This stems from their "differing views on the ability of labour markets to clear during recessions." The lecture is given by PAJ Holden who is an economist and part-time farmer. A really clear and helpful video.
Applied Economics, Labour Economics, Employment and Unemployment

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