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    ECON A834F
    International Migration and Labour Economics
    ECON A834F
    International Migration and Labour Economics

    Course Coordinator: Dr Thomas Chan, B. Cog. Sci (HKU); MA (Boston College); PhD (Boston College)

    Important notes

    This course will be taught via face-to-face mode. Lectures will be scheduled on weekday evenings. This is an applied course for the Master of Social Sciences in International Economics and Development. The course provides an overview of the trends and institutional features that characterize the labour market, and discusses the effects of private and public policies on wages and unemployment. It also examines different economics theories on how employers can design compensation packages, incentive contracts, and performance evaluations for their employees. The course identifies the determinants of migration and examines the factors which determine how migrants are self-selected; it also examines the consequences of migration, and discusses the size of efficiency gains from migration.

    This course presents a theoretical and empirical analysis of labour markets, mainly making use of the tools developed in econometrics and microeconomics. This course aims to investigate how wages are determined in various labour markets and study the effects of private and public policies on wages and unemployment. It also seeks to examine how employers can design compensation packages and incentive contracts for their employees. This course will also discuss the determinants and consequences of migration.


    • Introduction to labour economics and the Hong Kong labour market

    • Labour supply

    • Labour demand

    • Labour market equilibrium

    • Compensating wage differentials

    • Human capital

    • The wage structure

    • Labour mobility

    • Labour market discrimination

    • Labour union

    • Selected topics in labor economics

    Contact hours
    Normally three hours per week.

    There will be one assignment, one midterm test and one term paper which are worth 15%, 15% and 10% of the course score respectively. The final examination will account for the remaining 60% of the total course score. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

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