Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2017/2018
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
Disciplinary sector: 
ECONOMIC POLICY (SECS-P/02)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
3
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

Italian

Course description

Learning objectives: The course is meant to present the main themes
concerning the functioning of the labour market. It covers the theoretical
problems related to the behaviour of workers, firms and institutions in the
determination of wages and employment. It also provides students with
the basic methodological tools used in empirical labour economics and
surveys the available empirical evidence for both OECD countries and
developing economies. The course also covers topics in human resource
management and industrial relations.
Expected Learning Outcomes:
Knowledge and comprehension: students must prove their knowledge of the main issues of the discipline and must be able to use the discipline’s
main instruments, in order to understand the solutions of economic
problems and interpret empirical phenomena. Mastery of the
mathematical and statistical tools employed during the course is
essential.
Applying knowledge and understanding: students must prove their
understanding of the main phenomena related to the Italian and
European labour market, comparing different situations and patterns.
Making judgments: students must prove to have developed critical skills,
in order to evaluate the economic implications of labour policies.
Communication: students must be able to answer in a correct, clear,
binding and exhaustive fashion both the questions of the written test and
the questions of the potential oral test. Students will learn how to
communicate the results of the analyses carried out through essays and
graphs.
Lifelong learning skills: students must prove their ability to learn,
managing to widen their knowledge thanks to pertinent and relevant
bibliographical references. Students will have the chance to apply the
knowledge acquired during previous courses, integrating it with the
further professionalising competences that characterise this course.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of basic concepts of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and
statistics

Syllabus

Part I (24 HOURS):
Introduction and revision of fundamental concepts from microeconomics.
Schooling, training and the labour market. Labour supply. Labour
demand. Equilibrium in the labour market under perfect competition. Introduction
to non-competitive markets.

Part II (24 HOURS):Wage determination. Discrimination.
Personnel economics.Efficiency wages. Unemployment. Unions and collective bargaining.
Employment protection legislation. Labour policies

Part I (24 HOURS):
Introduction and revision of fundamental concepts from microeconomics.
Schooling, training and the labour market. Labour supply. Labour
demand. Equilibrium in the labour market under perfect competition. Introduction
to non-competitive markets.

Part II (24 HOURS):Wage determination. Discrimination.
Personnel economics.Efficiency wages. Unemployment. Unions and collective bargaining.
Employment protection legislation. Labour policies

Teaching Methods

The course includes frontal lessons during which the themes of the
program are discussed.

Textbooks

George J. Borjas, Economia del lavoro, Francesco Brioschi Editore, u.e.

Learning assessment

The assessment is based on a written examination composed by thematic
questions aimed at evaluating the actual achievement of the objectives
by the students. In order to evaluate the depth in understanding the
general theoretical knowledge, the written exam includes open questions
on the course topics. In their answers the students should be able to
show and illustrate the fundamental concepts acquired during their
studies. An oral examination can also be held, in case the lecturer deems
it useful to better ascertain the student’s knowledge. The grade of the
oral examination is expressed on a scale from 0 to 30, and it is averaged
with the grade of written examination (equal weighting) in order to
determine the final vote.

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