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Selected Topics in Labour Market Performance and Policy

This course will consider a range of current topics related to work and employment, labour market functioning, and labour market policy interventions. Topics include: employment strategies of firms; sectoral and regional trends in job-creation; “precarious” work and its consequences; demographic change and the ageing of the workforce; trends in labour force participation; unemployment and underemployment; trade unions and collective representation; new models of employee “voice;” trends in wage determination; inequality and low-wage work; wage and employment regulation. Each topic will be introduced and considered in light of economic theory and published applied research, with policy implications explored in the context of Canadian labour market experience.

ECON 700

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Offered?: No Language?: No

Jim Stanford

Harold Innis Industry Professor in Economics, McMaster University