Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development

Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development
Labour market

Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development

26 October 2020–31 December 2021
The course is available in English

Respond to current and future labour market challenges in developing countries. This programme provides students with the policy making tools they need to address the major social and economic challenges of a transforming world.

Introduction to the course

This Master responds to the need for more diverse expertise in the design and evaluation of policies in which international labour standards and fundamental rights at work go hand-in-hand with job creation and productive employment. It is intended to prepare participants to become experts in designing, analysing and evaluating policies that place employment at the heart of economic, social and development policy-making. The course will combine rigorous training in analytical and quantitative economic methods with an emphasis on what constitutes an appropriate policy, the legal and institutional framework for employment and decent work in different development contexts.

Who attends this course?

The Master is intended for recent university graduates from developing and developed countries; officials and/or professionals in the public and private sectors, UN agencies, foundations and NGOs.

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Three phases

21 October 2019 to 17 January 2020

This phase prepares students for the face-to-face phase by allowing them to master the basics of subjects including micro- and macroeconomics, statistics, and Excel. During this self-study period, students receive daily assistance from a tutor through an online discussion forum. Training materials include selected textbook excerpts, exercises, and exams.

20 January to 15 May 2020

This phase is organized around four core modules:

  • Module A covers the fundamentals in economics, especially macroeconomics, microeconomics, and development economics.

  • Module B reviews labour standards, policies, and institutions in developed and developing countries.

  • Module C provides basic and advanced classes on quantitative methods in the areas of statistics, econometrics, impact evaluation, and microsimulation.

  • Module D is devoted to labour statistics, with courses on data collection methods, data analysis, and the measurement of labour market conditions and decent work in different development contexts.

18 May 2020 to 26 February 2021

Each student completes a Master's thesis with the assistance of a faculty member or representative from a partner institution.

What are the topics?

This Master’s course is a response to the demand for stronger expertise in labour and development economics.

  • Fundamentals in economics

  • Labour market policies and institutions

  • Basic and advanced quantitative methods

  • Data collection methods, data analysis, and measurement

What will I learn?

This Master’s course focuses on the design and evaluation of policies and projects that place employment at the heart of policymaking. 

  • How to analyze economic and labour market issues

  • All about employment-centered policy evaluation

  • Analytical and quantitative economic methods for different development contexts


Being a MALED student was a wonderful and really intense adventure! The lecturers we had were all experts in their respective fields and took very seriously the objective of delivering a strong learning experience. 

Alejandro Javier Flores Morán
El Salvador, 2016/2017
What will I be able to do?

Students gain the labour economics skills they need to respond to current and future challenges in the labour market.

  • Analyze the economy and labour market through an employment perspective

  • Draw on insights to shape an effective policy response

  • Apply evidence-based policy making to labour market dynamics

Why should I enroll?

This Master’s course prepares students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.

  • The curriculum combines quantitative economics with a focus on developing countries and development policies.

  • The training methodology balances traditional classes on theory, concepts, and methods with concrete case studies and practical assignments that support policy applications.

  • The programme builds on research findings and tools developed by the ILO, other international organizations, and academic institutions.


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