Labor related issues have been studied in the economics profession from a number of different angles. The goal of the Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School is to cover a wide range of topics in labor economics from a variety of perspectives.
In particular, this summer school offers courses that will cover recent developments within the macro-labor and micro-labor contexts. In each course, both theoretical and empirical aspects will be covered as well as economic policy. These courses should be of interest to graduate students or academics who want to expand their knowledge in the area and to practitioners interested in understanding the fundamentals of these issues. During the courses, faculty are available to discuss research ideas and projects with the program participants.
Who will benefit from this program?
Given the wide range of topics covered in the courses, candidates who would benefit from the labor economics summer school include:
- PhD and master students in Economics (or other social sciences) who want to further their knowledge in labor issues, or whose dissertation focuses on the labor market or related topics
- Researchers and professionals from public institutions and policy-oriented institutions whose work would benefit from exposure to the latest advances in academic research of the labor market or related topics
- Holders of undergraduate degrees in Economics (or other social sciences) who wish to complement their background with a comprehensive overview of the labor market from a variety of perspectives
Course schedule for 2017
The schedule of the Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School is designed to allow students to participate in all courses offered. However, courses can also be taken individually.
* Session will only take place if sufficient papers are presented.
All courses include 10 hours of lecture time. You may apply for one or more of the following courses. Click to view descriptions and instructor bios:
Lectures on the Economics of Education
Four lectures given over five sessions explore both the demand for education and the supply of education. The supply lecture will cover most of the important policy debates in modern economies concerning the K-12 education policy. The course will draw on a number of outside readings and a set of draft chapters from a book I am writing.
1. Human Capital Models
The first lecture explores models of the demand for education that treat education as a vehicle for building human capacity. Ben Porath (1967), Cuhna and Heckman (2007), Neal (2014) - Chapter 1
2. Empirical Impacts of Education
The second lecture explores the literature on the causal impact of education on life outcomes. At the end of the lecture, we briefly review the Spence signaling model and discuss evidence that separates human capital and signaling explanations for observed casual impacts of schooling on employment and earnings. Card (2000), Clark and Martorell (2013), Chetty et al (2010), Heckman, Lochner, and Todd (2008), Neal (2014) - Chapter 2
3. Human Capital Spillovers
The third lecture examines the theoretical and empirical literature on human capital spillovers. A large literature grows out of Lucas (1988) that discusses the extent to which the education and skills of one agent impact the productivity of other agents and the extent to which these external effects are priced in the labor market. Readings include Bill and Klenow (2000), Hanushek and Woessmann (2012), Barro and Lee (2010), Moretti (2004).
4. Mechanism Design and the Public Funding of Education
During the first three lectures, we discuss several different rationals for public funding of education. In this final lecture, we discuss three different paradigms for using public funds to acquire education services for children. (i) Public Provision within Government Accountability Systems, (ii) Voucher Systems, and (iii) Blended Systems that combine (i) and (ii). This lecture is based largely on Neal (2012) and Neal (2009), but the lecture will also include a review of the recent literature on charter schools.
About the Instructor
Derek Neal is a Professor in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Education at the University of Chicago. Professor Nealʼs current research focuses on the design of incentive systems for educators. His work explores the design flaws in current performance pay and accountability systems and also highlights the advantages of providing incentives through contests between schools.
Earlier in his career, his research focused on the causes and consequences of measured skill gaps between blacks and whites in the United States. He has also written a number of papers on the specificity of worker skills and the implications of the idea that workers possess many skills that are neither completely general or entirely specific to one firm but rather specific to a career.
He is a past President of the Midwest Economics Association, a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor Economics and a current editor of the Journal of Political Economy.
Labor Market Outcomes
This course explores the determination of labor market outcomes, with a particular focus on the determination of the unemployment rate and the flow of workers between employment and unemployment. Throughout the course we will use economic theory to motivate a careful analysis of relevant data sources.
- Unemployment and labor market flows: decomposition of hours worked; measurement of the job finding and separation rates; and the gross flow of workers between employment, unemployment, and out of the labor force.
- Duration dependence in the job finding rate: gross flows at different frequencies, distinguishing between structural duration dependence and heterogeneity; and the role of unemployment benefits.
- Business Cycle Fluctuations: job vacancies and the matching function; the labor wedge
- Basic search model: linear preferences and linear production technology. Quantitative evaluation of the model’s performance. The role of the “value of leisure.”
- Nonlinear search model: finite intertemporal elasticity of substitution in consumption; capital; search intensity; wage rigidities
About the Instructor
Robert Shimer is the Alvin H. Baum Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Chicago faculty in 2003, he received his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and taught at Princeton University. He is a consultant at the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis, a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the Society of Labor Economists, and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a co-chair of the NBER Economic Fluctuations and Growth “Macro Perspectives” group, and served as editor of the Journal of Political Economy from 2004 to 2012.
Prof. Shimer’s research lies in the intersection between macroeconomics and labor economics. He has focused on search frictions and on the mismatch between workers’ human capital and geographic location and the skill requirements and location of available jobs. He is the author of the book Labor Markets and Business Cycles and has published in many leading journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Economic Literature, and the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.
Men earn on average higher wages than women. Men and women concentrate in different occupations, and women are under-represented in the political sphere and high-powered occupations. Women attain on average higher levels of schooling than men, and they take on a higher share of household chores and childcare.
Why these differences? Do they represent a problem? Should families, schools, firms or governments do something about it? This course will provide you with an overview of a recent literature in economics that documents gender gaps in a range of domains, tries to uncover the factors that drive them, and evaluates the effectiveness of different policies in mitigating them.
Some of the main topics that we will cover include:
- Gender gaps in wages and employment
- Gender and education
- Risk aversion, competitiveness, and other traits.
- Family (contraception, fertility, abortion, marriage and divorce, household specialization)
- Gender and public policy
About the Instructor
Libertad González is a professor of Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Barcelona GSE. She holds a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University, and has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University and Boston University. Her research lies in the areas of Labor, Public, and Health Economics. She has worked on topics that include the economic effects of immigration, and the effects of public policy on fertility, female labor supply, and child health. She has published in journals such as the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Human Resources, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, Labor Economics, etc.
Worker Mobility in Globalized Labor Markets: Causes and Consequences of Migration
In the world, more than 220 million individuals live in a country different from that of birth. In developed countries, foreign born individuals represent 10.5% of the population. This important factor reallocation is the result of decades of increasing globalization of labor markets. Why people migrate, who migrates where, and what are the economic impacts for the receiving economy, are important questions that have motivated a huge body of research in Economics.
The main objective of this course is to explore the different answers provided in the literature to these questions. We will start focusing on migration decisions. Understanding the motivations to migrate is important to analyze who migrates to each location. Hence, we will explore the theoretical grounds for this type of decision starting from the Roy model, and its seminal implementation in the migration context by Borjas (1987), and then we will review some empirical literature. From a very different angle, recent work in the last few years has estimated structural models of internal migration (Gould, 2007; Kennan and Walker, 2011; Buchinsky et al, 2014 among others). Internal migration decisions have specific idiosyncrasies that make worthy their analysis in a separate way. We will devote important emphasis on migration costs, available information, and the effect of internal migration in shaping local labor markets.
The second part of the course will focus on labor market impacts of immigration. First we will explore the literature that has analyzed the impact of immigration across local labor markets. Later, we will review the literature that studies labor market impacts of immigration at the national level. All these approaches are well detailed in Borjas (2014). Two important difficulties to overcome in both cases are endogeneity of immigrant inflows and adjustments by natives, previous immigrants, and/or prospective migrants. Finally, we will study the assimilation process of immigrants in the labor market.
Part I: Migration Decisions
- International migration decisions
- Migration Decisions
- Immigration Selection: The Roy Model
- Empirical Evidence
- Structural estimation of models of internal migration
Part II: Economic consequences of immigration
- Wage effects of immigration
- Effects on local labor markets
- National level approaches
- Assimilation of immigrants
About the Instructor
Joan Llull is a Research Fellow at MOVE (Markets, Organizations and Votes in Economics), Assistant Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Affiliated Professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He received his PhD in Economics from CEMFI in 2011, and he joined MOVE, Autònoma de Barcelona, and Barcelona GSE afterwards. He is also an external fellow of the Center for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) from the University College London, and a member of the INSIDE network.
Professor Llull's research focuses on analyzing the causes, consequences, and implications of international and internal migrations, as well as on the analysis of family formation, household structure, and health. His research uses different state-of-the-art econometric techniques, ranging from the estimation of rich equilibrium dynamic discrete choice structural models, to the proposition of novel identification strategies combining different samples is the estimation of parameters of interest from a reduced form of an economic model.
- International migration decisions
Call for papers
There is a call for papers for students who wish to present their work. If you are interested in submitting a paper for review, please make your submission at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put "Labor call for papers" in the subject line of your email. The deadline for submitting papers is May 30, and the schedule for the presentation of papers will be announced when the selection of papers has been finalized. At the end of the Summer School, participants who have presented a paper will receive an additional certificate.
- Strong background in Economics or related fields
- Working knowledge of English
There is limited space in the Barcelona GSE Summer School Courses. Among the candidates who meet the eligibility criteria, the Barcelona GSE will select those with more outstanding professional and/or academic careers.
Interested candidates should apply before May 30. After this deadline, your place may not be guaranteed. Capacity of the courses is limited. Some courses may close before May 30 depending on demand.
Applications will be evaluated by the program directors and candidates will be informed of their decision. A document will be attached to our response with payment information. Before applying, please read through the summer school cancellation policy and other regulations.
A wide range of short-term accommodation is available near campus for Barcelona GSE Summer School participants. Students and participants can take advantage of discounted offers by booking accommodation with one of our housing partners. These partners will be able to provide various affordable accommodation options tailored to suit different needs, including: flats, hostels and hotels, shared apartments, and student halls.
For more information, see the "Discounts" section of our accommodations page.
At the conclusion of the Summer Schools, participants will receive a certificate for the number of hours attended. All Barcelona GSE courses require an average of twice the lecture hours for readings, pre-readings and class preparation. Interested students should check with their universities to see if these hours are transferable into ECTS credits.
Fees and discounts
Fees listed are for the 2017 edition.
|Price for each course|
|Regular Fee||1050 €|
|Reduced Fee*||650 €|
* Reduced fee applies to PhD/Masters students, including current Barcelona GSE students.
|Early bird (book and pay before 1 April 2017)||10%|
|3 or more courses**||25%|
|Barcelona GSE alumni||10%|
|Barcelona GSE partner organizations||10%|
** Multiple course fee discounts will only be applied to named individuals booking and paying for more than one course for their own use.
Notes about Summer School fees:
- Fees vary by program: please check summer school program pages for individual course fees.
- All discounts are accumulative, e.g. alumni booking two or more courses will receive a further 10% discount off the total after the multiple course discount has been applied.
- Fees include any materials required for the course as indicated, coffee breaks every day of the week, networking dinner on Tuesday, and farewell dinner on Thursday.