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Economics 280

Course Outline

Credit: Three credit hours

Hours of Instruction: Three lecture hours and one problem-solving hour per week

Prerequisites: 12 credits, Economics 103, Economics 105

Corequisite: English 100


  • Simon Fraser University: Economics 280 (3)

  • University of British Columbia: unassigned 2nd year economics credit

  • University of Victoria: unassigned 2nd year economics credit


This course introduces students to the "modern" theory of labour market behaviour. Some time will be devoted to the study of empirical evidence (Canadian evidence in particular) supporting or refuting a variety of theoretical propositions. Implications for public policy will be emphasized throughout.

Topics to be covered will be selected from the following:

  • The demand for labour
  • The supply of labour
  • Wage differentials
  • Investment in human capital
  • Unions and collective bargaining
  • Search models of unemployment
  • Informational asymmetry theories of unemployment
  • Inflation and unemployment tradeoffs


Modern Labour Economics, Ronald Ehrenberg and Robert Smith, 7th edition (2001) Addison Wesley
Modern Labour Economics: The Canadian Context, Richard P Chaykowski (1994) Harper Collins


Stéphane Deseau, M.Econ. (Maine, France), M.Sc. (Quebec)
Cheryl Fu, B.A. (Beijing), M.A. (Simon Fraser), Ph.D. candidate
Paul Geddes, B.A. (Claremont), M.A. (Carleton)
Fatin Jallad, B.A., B.Sc. (Portland), M.Sc. ( New Mexico), M.Sc. (Arizona)
Susana Leung, B.B.A., M.A. (Simon Fraser)