• Class Number 3442
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Kailing Shen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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. The pandemic since 2020 also serves as an "natural experiment" for us to learn about the fundamentals of labour market.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

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

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) tutorial, quiz
3 Labour demand (chapter 3) tutorial, quiz
4 Labour market equilibrium (chapter 4) tutorial, quiz, assignment 1 due
5 Compensating wage differentials (chapter 5) tutorial, quiz
6 Human capital (chapter 6) tutorial, quiz, assignment 2 due
7 Wage structure (chapter 7) tutorial, quiz
8 Labour mobility (chapter 8) tutorial, quiz
9 Labour market discrimination (chapter 9) tutorial, quiz, assignment 3 due
10 Labour union (chapter 10) tutorial, quiz
11 Incentive pay (chapter 11) tutorial, quiz
12 Unemployment (chapter 12) tutorial, quiz
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 10 % 14/03/2022 28/03/2022 1.2.3
Assignment 2 10 % 31/03/2022 19/04/2022 1.2.3
Assignment 3 10 % 02/05/2022 16/05/2022 1.2.3
Final Exam 40 % * * 1.2.3
Online quizzes 30 % * * 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


Lectures for ECON2009 will be delivered live on campus. Those students unable to make the on campus lectures will be able to access the Echo360 recordings via Wattle. If circumstances change, the live lectures will revert to pre-recorded modules. Tutorials for the course will be available both on campus and via zoom. 

Attendance at live 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: 10 %
Due Date: 14/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 28/03/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Assignment 1

Detailed assignment tasks for assignment 1 will be released by 2022-02-21.

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]

draw graphs based on data extracted online and interpret the graphs.

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: 10 %
Due Date: 31/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 19/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Assignment 2

Detailed assignment tasks for assignment 2 will be released by 2022-03-11.

write a policy recommendation on the topics of your choice; [800 words maximum]

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: 10 %
Due Date: 02/05/2022
Return of Assessment: 16/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Assignment 3

Detailed assignment tasks for assignment 3 will be released by 2022-04-17.

write a summary of an article of your choice from a given set of articles; [800 words maximum]

practice solving numeric problems related to the topics covered;

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: 40 %
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 and may be invigilated through Proctorio or zoom. 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: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3

Online quizzes

Throughout the semester there will be 10 online quizzes delivered through Wattle. These quizzes will be held in 10 weeks (all weeks except week 1 and 12). 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.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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) 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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Through Turnitin.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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

Tuesday 16:00 17:00
Wednesday 16:00 17:00
By Appointment

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