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10622-01 - Kolloquium: Current Challenges for Labour Market Policy 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster Jedes Frühjahrsem.
Dozierende Conny Wunsch (conny.wunsch@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Content
Labour market policy comprises the set of all policies with which the government intervenes in the labour market. In this course, we discuss challenges that labour market policy faces today. Among the challenges that receive particularly high attention in the current policy debate are: the economic consequences of the COVID19 pandemic, the demographic development, the digital transformation, the labour market integration of immigrants, and making work pay.

The COVID19 pandemic is characterized by the near-shutdown of entire industries, rising unemployment and excessive use of relief measures such as short-time work. The longer-run consequences of the pandemic and the effectiveness of relief measures are still unclear, though. The demographic development is particularly challenging because it affects the labour market in many dimensions: it reduces labour supply, it threatens the sustainability of the social insurance system, and it makes the compatibility of work and family more important than ever. At the same time, the digital transformation causes substantial shifts in the skills and tasks demanded by employers, which attenuates the labour shortages caused by the demographic development in some dimensions and aggravates them in others. The situation will become particularly challenging for low-skilled workers with routine jobs, which will make the labour market integration of low-skilled immigrants, in particular of refugees, even more challenging than it already is. Also, if there are fewer and fewer work opportunities for low-skilled workers, then making work pay for this group also becomes more difficult.
In this course, we discuss the current challenges faced by labour market policy and possible ways in which it could respond. In particular, we discuss how different policy interventions could help to master these challenges. We start by discussing the theoretical effects of policy interventions and continue with contrasting them with empirical evidence on their effects in reality. The ultimate objective is to develop recommendations regarding the suitability of specific policy measures.

The course takes place in an interactive self-study format. Students receive inputs and feedback in three lectures. Between and after lectures, they work on specific self-study tasks based on provided material. The first two tasks prepare relevant inputs for the final task, which is the compilation of a policy brief. At the end of the course, students present their policy briefs. Students work on the tasks in groups of 1-3 students, depending on class size.
Lernziele Learning objectives
The objective of the course is twofold. On the one hand, it aims to enable students to make informed decisions about policy proposals that affect the labour market, for example, when they have to vote on specific proposals. On the other hand, the course aims to enable students to prepare policy briefs that serve as input for the decision making process of policy makers.
Literatur All course material will be posted on ADAM.
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Teilnahmebedingungen Prerequisites
Students should be familiar with basic economic models and standard economic reasoning. Prior knowledge of labour economics is helpful but not required. Understanding the challenges involved in quantifying effects of policies and being able to judge the quality of empirical studies is helpful, too. Having attended the course “Empirical Research Methods in Labour Economics” (HS2018/HS2019) or “Applied Empirical Analysis” (HS2020) is very useful in this respect.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Registration: Please enrol in MOnA. EUCOR-Students and students of other Swiss Universities have to enrol at the students administration office (studseksupport1@unibas.ch) within the official enrolment period. Enrolment = Registration for the exam!
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall unregelmässig
Datum 25.02.2022 – 20.05.2022
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 25.02.2022 14.15-18.00 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S13 HG.35
Freitag 01.04.2022 08.15-16.00 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Freitag 20.05.2022 08.15-16.00 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S13 HG.35
Module Modul: Field Electives in Economics and Public Policy (Masterstudium: Economics and Public Policy)
Modul: Policy Field: Health and Labor (Masterstudium: Economics and Public Policy)
Modul: Specific Electives in Labor Economics, Human Resources and Organization (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul: Labour Economics, Human Resources and Organization (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2021))
Leistungsüberprüfung Leistungsnachweis
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Students get a grade for each of the three tasks (same grade for all group members). The grade will depend on both quantity and quality. The total grade is determined as follows:
Task 1: 20%
Task 2: 20%
Task 3: 40%
Presentation: 20%
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An-/Abmelden: Belegen resp. Stornieren der Belegung via MOnA
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ, studiendekanat-wwz@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ