Labor-related issues have been studied in the economics profession from a number of different angles. The Barcelona GSE Labor Economics Summer School covers 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 is available to discuss research ideas and projects with the program participants.

Course list for 2018

Four courses will be offered in the Labor Economics Summer School:

Week 1 (June 25-29, 2018)
No Labor Economics courses scheduled.

Week 2 (July 2-6, 2018)

  • Economics of Education
    Instructor: Derek Neal
  • Labor Market Outcomes
    Instructor: Robert Shimer
  • Gender Economics
    Instructor: Libertad González
  • Economics of Migration
    Instructor: Joan Llull

Course schedule

Each course in the Labor Economics program includes 10 hours of lecture time.

The schedule is designed to allow students to participate in all courses in the Labor Economics program. Courses can also be taken individually or in combination with courses in other BGSE Summer School programs, schedule permitting.

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: summerschool@barcelonagse.eu

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.

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:

  • Ph.D. and master students in Economics (or other social sciences) who want to further their knowledge of 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


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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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