• Class Number 3693
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Kailing Shen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course 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 makets; 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. apply economic analysis to a wide range of labour market issues;
  2. be exposed to the empirical analysis of contemporary issues in labour economics;
  3. be able to examine a number of important policy issues.

Research-Led Teaching

All of the materials discussed in this course are research based. Researchers have conducted surveys and experiments to understand the behaviour of agents on the labour market as well as how these agents interact with each other. This course prepares students for applying economic insights to think 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 or 8th edition, Borjas, George J., McGraw-Hill Education

E-book available, for example at https://www.mheducation.com.au/ebook-online-access-for-labor-economics-9781259291876-aus

The 7th edition hard copies are available in Chifley Library on reserve.

The 8th edition ebook has been ordered by the ANU library for this course to put on reserve.

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

Course Description

This course's main topics include labour supply (such as, 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.

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 Introduction to labour economics (chapter 1) and labour supply (chapter 2, 2.1-2.5)
2 Labour supply (chapter 2, 2.6-2.13) possible quiz
3 Labour demand (chapter 3) tutorial
4 Labour market equilibrium (chapter 4) tutorial, assignment 1 due
5 Compensating wage differentials (chapter 5) tutorial
6 Human capital (chapter 6) tutorial, assignment 2 due
7 Wage structure (chapter 7) possible quiz
8 Labour mobility (chapter 8) possible quiz
9 Labour market discrimination (chapter 9) tutorial, assignment 3 due
10 Labour union (chapter 10) tutorial
11 Incentive pay (chapter 11) tutorial
12 Unemployment (chapter 12) tutorial
13 final exam

Tutorial Registration

For remote learning students, tutorials will be delivered remotely for this semester. For on campus students, face to face tutorial might be arranged conditional on ANU policies regarding COVID19 policies. Signing up for a tutorial will be available on the Wattle site in O-week, when more details about tutorial can be found as well.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assignment 1 15 % 15/03/2021 29/03/2021 1.2.3
Assignment 2 15 % 01/04/2021 20/04/2021 1.2.3
Assignment 3 15 % 03/05/2021 17/05/2021 1.2.3
Final Exam 50 % * * 1.2.3
Online quizzes 5 % * * 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.


Due to travel restrictions this course will be largely delivered through online platforms. Aspects of the delivery will be asynchronous. However, there will be synchronous activities also taking place (both online and on campus). Details on the delivery of this course and expectations of student participation are outlined in further detail on the Wattle course site in O-week. Attendance at synchronous activities, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b).


There will be a formal final exam for this course delivered on-line. Details will be announced through Wattle.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 15/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 29/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Assignment 1

Detailed assignment tasks for assignment 1 will be released by 2021-03-01.

  1. find an article on a chosen topic, write a short summary of the article, and write a critical comment on the article. [800 words maximum]
  2. draw graphs based on data extracted online and interpret the graphs.
  3. practice solving individuals' labour supply problems under various circumstances.

This is an assignment to be done individually and handed in via Turnitin. The data for point 2 will be provided by the convener. ?More details will be provided on the class wattle site no later than 2 weeks before the assessment?.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/04/2021
Return of Assessment: 20/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Assignment 2

Detailed assignment tasks for assignment 2 will be released by 2021-03-12.

  1. write a policy recommendation on the topics of your choice; [800 words maximum]
  2. practice solving numeric problems of labour supply, labour demand and labour market equilibrium.

This is an assignment to be done individually and handed in via Turnitin. ?More details will be provided on the class wattle site no later than 2 weeks before the assessment?.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 03/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 17/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Assignment 3

Detailed assignment tasks for assignment 3 will be released by 2021-04-19.

  1. write a summary of an article of your choice from a given set of articles; [800 words maximum]
  2. practice solving numeric problems related to the topics covered;
  3. practice discussing issues related to the topics covered.

This is an assignment to be done individually and handed in via Turnitin. ?More details will be provided on the class wattle site no later than 2 weeks before the assessment?.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Final Exam

Final exam will be held during the ANU Exam block at the end of the semester. The exam will be delivered online. The exam will cover all material delivered in lectures and tutorial over weeks 1-12. This is an exam to be done individually. More information will be made available in week 10 of semester on Wattle.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Online quizzes

Throughout the semester there will be 2 online quizzes delivered through Wattle. These quizzes will be held in two of the three weeks (2, 7 and 8). They will cover material from the proceeding weeks lectures and tutorials. The wattle quiz will be available over a period of 3 days, however, the quiz, once started in only open for 1 hour. There will be 5 questions to be answered. They will be randomly assigned. Please also note that you will not be able to navigate backwards through the quiz and there is only one attempt allowed. No late submission accepted. The outcomes of the quizzes will be within two weeks from the quizzes.

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

Research Interests

Labour economics, Public policy, Applied econometrics, Chinese economics

AsPr Kailing Shen

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