• Class Number 3417
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Kailing Shen
    • AsPr Kailing Shen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

The honours section provides a theoretical and empirical discussion of labour markets. Main topics to be discussed are: labour supply, including determinants of labour market participation and hours of works; investments in human capital and returns to education; labour demand; labour market equilibrium and wage determination; discrimination in the labour markets; internal labour markets; trade unions, and macroeconomic issues related to wages and unemployment. Policy application questions will be covered whenever appropriate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. be introducted to basic theoretical models in the labour economics literature;
  2. be exposed to published articles in the academic literature;
  3. have the ability to formally analyse policy related issues in labour economics.

Research-Led Teaching

This course prepares students for applying economic insights to thinking about labour market behaviour and policy.

Examination Material or equipment

Details about the material or equipment that is permitted in an examination room will be updated on course wattle, “Exams related” section

·        Labor Economics 7th edition, Borjas, George J., McGraw-Hill Education

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to the whole class
  • to groups
  • to individuals

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

This course's main topics include labour supply; labour demand; labour market equilibrium and wage determination; discrimination in the labour markets; internal labour markets; trade unions, and macroeconomic issues related to wages and unemployment. Policy application questions will be covered whenever appropriate. The honours and post-graduate section provides a theoretical and empirical discussion of the labour markets based on journal articles.

Other Information:

RSE has a Frequently Asked Questions page where you can find relevant policies and information on a broad range of topics


Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Job search theory [lecture]
2 Discussion of journal paper on labour supply (bonus to worker)
3 Discussion of journal paper on labour supply (New York taxi driver) assignment 1 due by Friday 5pm
4 Discussion of journal paper on incentive pay (pay enough, strawberry)
5 Discussion of journal paper on gender difference (tennis) assignment 1 returned by Monday 5pm
6 Discussion of journal paper on discrimination (Emily and Greg) assignment 2 due by Friday 5pm
7 Presentation of group 1
8 Presentation of group 2 assignment 2 returned by Monday 5pm
9 Presentation of group 3 assignment 3 due by Friday 5pm
10 Presentation of group 4
11 Presentation of group 5 assignment 3 returned by Monday 5pm
12 Big data and job market [lecture]
13 Examination period Final exam

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial Seminar Registration

Tutorial signup for this course will be done via the Wattle website. Detailed information about signup times will be provided on Wattle or during your first lecture. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:

1.   Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site

2.   Click on the link “Tutorial enrolment”

3.   On the right of the screen, click on the tab “Become Member of…..” for the tutorial class you wish to enter

4.   Confirm your choice

If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab “Leave group….” and then re-enrol in another group.  You will not be able to enrol in

groups that have reached their maximum number.  Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assignment 1 15 % 15/03/2019 25/03/2019 1.2.3
Assignment 2 15 % 05/04/2019 29/04/2019 1.2.3
Assignment 3 15 % 10/05/2019 20/05/2019 1.2.3
Final Exam 55 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1.2.3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Active participation and discussion will be expected. The participation will be judged by the quantity and quality of discussion on class.

Details of Assessment Tasks will announced through Wattle and on class


There will be a formal final exam for this course. Details will be announced through Wattle and on class.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 15/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Assignment 1

  • write a summary of an article of your choice from a given set of articles;
  • practice solving individuals' labour supply problems under various circumstances.

This is an individual assignment. More details will be provided on course wattle later.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 05/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Assignment 2

  • write a summary of the article designated for your group.

The usual group size is three to four students. These groups are formed automatically by the wattle. Special requests in terms of grouping will need to be discussed with the course convener ex ante.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 10/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 20/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Assignment 3

  • revise the summary you wrote for assignment 2;
  • present the article designated for your group on class;
  • write 4 to 5 potential exam questions and suggested answers for the article designated for your group.

More details will be provided on course wattle later. All members of the each group will need to present together as a team.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 55 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Final Exam

The final exam will cover all the materials discussed throughout the semester. This is an exam to be done individually. The exam will be 2 hours. with no permitted materials. More details will be announced through course Wattle later.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Through Turnitin

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students wish to resubmit some or all assignments will need to get the permission from the course convenor.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Kailing Shen
6125 3903

Research Interests

Labour economics, public policy, applied econometrics, Chinese economics

AsPr Kailing Shen

Tuesday 15:00 16:00
Tuesday 15:00 16:00
Wednesday 13:00 14:00
Wednesday 13:00 14:00
AsPr Kailing Shen
6125 3903

Research Interests

AsPr Kailing Shen

Tuesday 15:00 16:00
Tuesday 15:00 16:00
Wednesday 13:00 14:00
Wednesday 13:00 14:00

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