Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development

Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development

Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development

2 Novembre 2020–1 Novembre 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, who seek a career focused on labour economics and development;
  • Professionals in government, UN agencies, other multilateral organizations and bilateral agencies, social partners, research institutions, NGOs and other relevant organizations.

Our programme is very intensive. Students need to be strongly motivated.


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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 programme prepares students and professionals from both advanced and developing countries to analyse economic and labour market issues and evaluate policies that place employment at the core of economic, social and development policymaking. The degree combines training in analytical and quantitative economic methods in different development contexts.

The training methodology balances traditional classes on theory, concepts and methods by experienced academics with concrete case studies and practical assignments by practitioners and professionals to support policy applications.

Students will strongly benefit from the unique mix of lecturers, researchers, practitioners and experts from bilateral and international agencies, including the ILO. The programme builds on research findings and tools developed by the ILO, other international organizations and the academic institutions.

Career opportunities for graduates of this programme include senior roles in national administrations, international organizations, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, non-profit organisations, consulting and research institutions.

Three phases

21 October 2019 to 17 January 2020

The completion of this phase will provide the students with the necessary basis in disciplines such as micro and macroeconomics, mathematics, statistics and excel for a proficient and successful attendance of the face-to-face cycle. It's a self-study period undertaken with the assistance of a tutor who will be in contact with the students on a daily basis through a dedicated forum, where discussions will take place. The training material will include selected chapters from key textbooks in addition to exercises, which will be posted on the website participants' area. Moreover, on-line exams will have to be taken during this phase.

20 January to 15 May 2020

This phase is articulated around the following core modules:

Module A will cover the fundamentals in economics focusing on macroeconomics, microeconomics and development economics;

Module B will review labour standards, policies and institutions with applications to developed and developing countries;

Module C will provide basic and advanced courses on quantitative methods in the areas of statistics, econometrics, impact evaluation and microsimulation;

Module D will be devoted to labour statistics, with courses on data collection methods, data analysis and measurement of labour market conditions and decent work in different development contexts;

Class attendance is compulsory. Lectures are entirely held in English and delivered on the Campus of the International Training Centre of the ILO, from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 3 pm.

Since the programme is very intensive, students must be strongly motivated and fully committed.

Students will pass to the third cycle (preparation of a final thesis) upon successful completion of all the exams scheduled during the face-to-face component. 

18 May 2020 to 26 February 2021

The third cycle is the preparation of a Master's thesis, undertaken in the participant’s own country, directed by a faculty member or representative from the institutions involved.


A1- Economics of Labour Markets

  • Macroeconomics and monetary policies - Errol D'Souza (Indian Institute of Management)
  • Labour market theory - Silvia Pasqua (University of Turin)
  • Financial crisis - Pascal Roussel (European Investment Bank)

A2- Development economics 

  • Development economics: an overview - Iyanatul Islam (Griffith Asia Institute and SANEM)
  • Poverty and Inequality - Daniel Kostzer (ILO) 
  • Informality - Frédéric Lapeyre (ILO)
  • Sustainable development -  Silvana Dalmazzone (University of Turin) 
  • Institutions and economic development - Gani Aldashev (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Trade and employment development - Samuel Asfaha (ILO)
  • Corruption - Lucio Picci (University of Bologna)

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    Labour standards, policies and institutions

    • Labour market institutions - Sher Verick (ITCILO)
    • Social security - Veronika Wodsak (ILO)
    • Minimum wages - Uma Rani Amara (ILO)

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    C1 - Quantitative methods: econometrics

    • Statistics with stata - Fabio Berton (University of Turin)
    • Basic fundamentals in econometrics - Luigi Benfratello (Politecnico di Torino)

    C2 - Quantitative methods: econometrics and impact evaluation

    • Applied econometrics - Luigi Benfratello (Politecnico di Torino)
    • Impact evaluation - Lia Pacelli (University of Turin, Laboratorio R: Revelli)

    C3 - Microsimulation

    • Cost-benefit analysis - Antonio Estache (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
    • Micro-simulation - Roberto Leombruni (University of Turin, Laboratorio R. Revelli)

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    Labour Statistics for Labour Markets

    • Introduction to the labour force survey - Elisa Benes (ILO)
    • Administrative data collection - Roberto Leombruni (University of Turin, Laboratorio R. Revelli)
    • Analysing labour force survey data to conduct applied labour economics research in developing countries - Christophe Nordman (IRD-DIAL)

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    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


    Applying in MALED was one of the best decisions of my life insofar.

    Mohammad Nazmul Avi Hossain
    Bangladesh 2017/2018
    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.


    An excellent course for both those who have or do not have previous exposure to Labour Economics.

    E. L. K. Dissanayake
    Sri Lanka, 2010/2011
    How to Apply

    Essential requirements for admission are:

    1. A Bachelor's Degree of minimum three years' duration (equivalent to a three-year first level University Italian Degree) preferably in economics, statistics or related area.
    2. Fluency in written and spoken English;
    3. Have successfully completed the equivalent number of years of education as an Italian graduate: minimum 15 years of schooling from primary school to university graduation (of at least three-year).

    The validity of non-Italian degrees must be recognized under Italian law and regulations. For more information, please refer to Recognition of foreign degree.

    Accommodation is the responsibility of students. For more information, please click here.

    Accommodation at the ITCILO Campus costs €6,545 for 17 weeks of residence in Turin during the face-to-face learning period. It includes bed and breakfast in single room on campus and laundry. Minimum stay on campus is one month. 

    limited number of partial scholarships covering tuition fees are available on a competitive basis for participants from developing countries according to the preferred profile

    Scholarships can only be awarded to countries that are eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) according to the OECD standards. The DAC (Development Assistance Committee) list of ODA recipients is available here.

    Scholarships do not cover accommodation, international travel to and from Turin, meals (lunch and dinner), visa and passport costs, and any personal expense (telephone and fax, coffee and beverages, local transports to town, purchase of personal items, etc.).

    Payment, cancellation and refunds

    Sponsoring institutions and self-paying participants are strongly encouraged to pay participation fees a month prior to the start date of the course according to the payment schedule set by the programme in order to secure enrollment and the timely issuance of visas. The individual participation fees are payable in full and all related bank charges (bank of origin, correspondent bank and recipient bank) shall be entirely borne by the participant or the sponsoring institution(s).

    The exact deadlines by which the payments should be made will be announced along with the selection results.

    Cancellation of participation will result in the following penalties:

    Tuition fees:

    • €1,500 paid upon enrollment is a non-refundable enrollment fee;
    • No reimbursement of tuition fees will be made after the beginning of the face-to-face learning phase. 

    Accommodation costs at the ITC-ILO campus

    • No penalty will be applied on accommodation fees in case of written notification of cancellation up to 14 days prior to the start date of the face-to- face phase;
    • Thereafter, a fixed penalty of €1,000 will apply on accommodation fees in addition to the accommodation costs already incurred and calculated on a weekly basis (i.e. actual number of weeks and portions thereof);
    • in case of change of room type or occupancy option, a fixed penalty fee of €500 per person will apply.

    Refunds, where and as applicable, will be processed with all bank charges to be borne by the participants or the sponsoring institutions.

    How can I apply for this Master’s programme?
    1. Fill in the application form and attach the supporting documents requested
    2. Once you have completed your application and attached the documents, click on Submit
    3. You should then receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application.
    What documents should I submit with my application?

    You should attach the documents requested in the Supporting Documents section of the on-line application form. Official documents should be scanned and uploaded. The compulsory documents include a copy of:

    • Motivation letter;
    • Recent curriculum vitae;
    • Bachelor's Degree;
    • Transcripts of university studies (Please upload the complete transcripts referring to your Bachelor's Degree. The exams and relative marks should be clearly listed. Transcripts listing the acronyms of the exams will not be accepted);
    • Certificates (TOEFL / IELTS) or other evidence of English language knowledge if not mother tongue;
    • Certificates of attendance of postgraduate programmes/specialisation courses if any;
    • Request for partial fellowship.

    Important: The application form will be considered only if supported by the above listed documents.

    When is the deadline for submitting my application?

    Applicants interested in participating in this programme should complete and submit the application form by 26 October 2020. 

    What are the selection criteria for the Master’s programme?

    The selection criteria take into consideration candidates' education and professional profile as well as their self-financial potential. 

    When can I expect to learn the outcome of the selection process?

    Regardless of the results, all applicants will be notified by email as soon as the selection process is finalised.

    Which documents are requested for the enrollment at the University of Turin?

    Recognition of foreign degrees

    In accordance with the Italian law, if you hold a Bachelor's degree awarded outside Italy, the recognition of such degree is compulsory for the enrollment at any Italian University.

    The recognition is obtained through the Declaration of Value, a letter of academic eligibility and suitability issued by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the Bachelor's degree was awarded.

    The Declaration of Value certifies that a foreign title of study, issued in a certain country, is legal according to the Italian legislation.

    In order to obtain the recognition of your Bachelor's Degree, you need to provide us with the following documents:

    • Declaration of value of your Bachelor's degree (Dichiarazione di Valore in loco – DV), issued by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies and Consulates) of the country in which your degree was awarded. It is an official document written in Italian providing a short description of your academic qualification and certifying that your Bachelor's Degree is equivalent to a three-year first level Italian University Degree for a total number of minimum 15 years of education.  If you received your degree in a country different than yours, please contact the related Embassy. For example if you are Chinese but you were awarded a degree from a university in Germany, you must contact the German Embassy in China. The Declaration of Value must be accompanied by a certified copy of your Bachelor's degree and transcripts (referring to all years of studying); these can also be replaced by the Diploma Supplement, where applicable;
    • Original (or certified copy) of your degree and academic transcripts legalized by the competent Ministry or office in charge  (referring to all years of studying). Please check locally. The Legalization is the documentary device by which a Government's Foreign Ministry authenticates a recognized Public Document, such as a University Degree or University Transcripts, as genuine and valid, thereby legalizing that document for use in any other member country under the terms laid out in the 1961 The Hague Conference on Private International Law. This means providing official Government verification of the signatures and stamps appearing on your degree and transcripts. If your country did not join the Hague Convention, there are other ways of legalizing a document for international validity (i.e. through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country, or a notary plus the Italian Embassy);
    • Copy of the Italian translation of your Bachelor's degree and the relative transcripts, provided by an official translator (recognized by the Italian embassy). Embassies/Consulates can either validate non-official translations (i.e. translations performed by non-professional translators => this type of validation is needed to check if translations do actually correspond to the original texts) or provide you with a list of official translators.

    IMPORTANTThe presentation of the above-listed documents is compulsory for the enrolment at the University of Turin and, therefore, for the award of the final diploma. Please do not produce or send any other documents than the ones that are strictly requested. They will not be of any value for the enrolment at the University of Turin.  Obtaining them is a lengthy process: we invite interested candidates to get informed at their earliest convenience.

    What kind of academic degree I will obtain upon completion of this Master’s programme?

    First Level Master

    MALED is delivered as a First Level Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development by the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Torino, according to the so-called Bologna Process, which created the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) by making academic degree standards and quality assurance standards more comparable and compatible throughout Europe (for more information, click here). Therefore, the Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development carries 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), equivalent to the workload of the full-time student during one academic year. 

    The Master's diploma is awarded upon successful passing of all the exams, thesis submission and after having fulfilled all the conditions required.

    IMPORTANT: A First Level Master does not give access to PhD programmes. Admission requirements to PhD programmes vary from country to country, as these depend on the university system of the country where the PhD programme is held. For more information on the minimum requisites required, please directly contact the university offering the PhD programme you are interested in. As a general rule, for instance, a three-year bachelor's degree plus a first level master awarded in Italy are not considered sufficient for doctoral studies at the University of Turin: both a bachelor’s and a second level master are usually required. 

    How can I obtain recognition of this academic qualification in my country of origin?

    You should directly contact the Italian Embassy/Consulate of your country, which will provide you with the necessary information on how to obtain its local recognition.

    What does the cost of accommodation at the ITCILO campus cover?

    Accommodation fees cover bed and breakfast in single room on campus and laundry.

    Can I lodge outside the campus?

    Lodging on campus is not compulsory. If you plan to leave off campus, you are responsible for searching for and book your own accommodation. 

    If you do not manage to secure long-term accommodation for the duration of the face-to-face component, we strongly recommend you should arrange for temporary or short-term accommodation before leaving your home country.


    Can I bring my family?
    1. The Centre may agree to lodge accompanying persons on its campus subject to facility availability; priority is given to participants.
    2. Children under the age of 18 can be admitted only if accompanied by an additional adult person who can take proper care of them during their stay.
    3. No assistance in obtaining visas can be provided. 
    4. Accompanying persons are responsible for their own illness and accident insurance covering the "main travel" (from/to their country of origin), their stay at the Centre, excursions and any study tours.
    5. Only previously authorized visitors can access the campus. To both receive visits or have a guest for more days, it is necessary to request an authorization to the FIS Security Unit through the course secretary or manager at least one week in advance and upon the submission of a valid ID card of the visitor/guest. Otherwise students can meet visitors at the control room and without entering the campus.
    From which date is the cost of my stay at the ITCILO campus covered by the subsistence fee?

    According to ITCILO rules, accommodation is covered from the day before the beginning of the course (from Sunday) and to the day after the end of the course (to Saturday).

    Any exception to the rule above should be approved by the Programme Manager.

    The cost of accommodation on Campus is € 85 per night (bed and breakfast).

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    The LABORatorio conducts research, in collaboration with researchers from national and foreign Universities and Research Centres, on various labor-related issues in Italy and in the European Union.

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