Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development

Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development

Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development

2 Novembro 2020–1 Novembro 2021
O curso está disponível em 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.

Key features

Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises


Exchange ideas with international students and faculty


Engage with experts from the ILO and the ITCILO, practitioners and university professors

Apresentação do Mestrado

A key challenge around the world is to promote inclusive and sustainable development through full, productive and decent employment for all. In addition to existing labour market deficits, such as informality, the world of work is being buffeted by new and accelerating forces, including climate change and technological disruption. In response, governments, social partners and other stakeholders need the right technical expertise to analyse the economy through an employment lens and to use these insights to shape an effective policy agenda. Skills needed are both analytical and quantitative, along with the ability of applying them in different development contexts. In response to these demands, the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Turin, Italy, in partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), offers a first-level Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development (MALED). This refreshed and relaunched one-year programme is delivered entirely in English, including a distance-learning phase, a face-to-face residential period on the ITCILO's campus in Turin, followed by another distance phase for the finalization of the dissertation. Students benefit from a unique mix of lecturers, researchers, 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 associated with the programme. Career opportunities after this Master's include roles in national administrations, workers' and employers' organizations, international organizations, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, non-profit organizations, consulting and research institutions.

Perfil dos participantes

The Master is intended for both: - 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


The main objective of the Master’s programme is to prepare 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.

By the numbers
countries represented
What are the topics?
  • Macroeconomic theory
  • Microeconomic theory
  • Theories of development economics
  • Sustainable development
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Informality
  • Trade and employment
  • Institutions and development
  • Labour market institutions
  • Active labour market policies
  • Minimum wages
  • Social security
  • Open data and big data for policy analysis
  • Introduction to administrative data and to labour force surveys
  • Data management and visualization in Python
  • Analysis and measurement for applied labour economics
  • Statistics with R
  • Fundamentals in econometrics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Data science and machine learning for policy analysis
  • Impact evaluation
  • Microsimulation
What will I be able to do?

At the end of the Master’s programme, participants will be able to:

  • Apply key economic concepts and theories to analysing labour market issues, such as unemployment, informality and wages
  • Employ the most modern tools to gather, manage and present economic data
  • Exploit statistical and econometric modelling techniques to analyse labour market outcomes
  • Advise policy makers, social partners and other stakeholders on labour market policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.
Three phases

2 November 2020 to 7 February 2021

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.

8 February to 23 April 2021

Lectures are entirely held in English and delivered on the Campus of the International Training Centre of the ILO.

Class attendance is compulsory, from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 3 pm.

The training methodology balances classes by experienced academics and sessions by professionals who focus on practical and policy applications of the various topics.

Since the programme is very intensive, students must be strongly motivated ad 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. 

24 April to 1 November 2021

After completing the residential phase in Turin, each student will be required to prepare a Master’s dissertation with the help and supervision of a faculty member or of a representative from the institutions involved in the master.

Admission requirements

Essential requirements for admission are:

  • A bachelor’s degree of minimum three years’ duration, preferably in economics, statistics or related area
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

IMPORTANT: The validity of non-Italian degrees must be recognized under Italian law and regulations.

If you hold an academic qualification awarded outside Italy, you must provide the course secretary of each Master with the following documentation:

  • Original degree and academic transcripts legalized by the competent ministry or office in charge. Please ensure that the transcripts reference all years of study. If you received your degree from a university in a foreign country, please contact the embassy. For example, if you are from China and hold a degree from a university in Germany, you should contact the German embassy in China.
  • Copy of the Italian translation of your original bachelor's degree and academic transcripts. Please ensure that this translation is provided by an official translator who is recognized by the Italian Embassy.

You should go, with these two documents, to the Italian Embassy of the country in which your university diploma was awarded to request the following documentation:

  • Declaration of value of your bachelor degree (dichiarazione di valore in loco) issued by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies and Consulates) of the country in which your degree was awarded. The declaration of value is an official document, written in Italian, providing a short description of your academic qualifications.

Please note that these documents may be submitted by email, telephone, and/or mail. You will not need to go to the embassy in person.

These documents are compulsory for matriculation in the University of Turin. However, obtaining them is a lengthy process. Once you receive your acceptance letter, you should start the process immediately.

You will be requested to bring these three original documents to Turin. Without them, you may not receive your final diploma from the University of Turin.

How to apply

Tuition fees: Euro 8,500, including

  • Programme development and management;
  • Teaching equipment, training materials and documentation;
  • Use of training facilities and support services.

Board, lodging, travel expenses, transports and personal expenses for the period in Turin are not included in the tuition fees.

Interested candidates should submit the application form available on the website along with the requested documents, no later than 31 August 2020.

Only complete applications will be considered during the candidate selection process.

IMPORTANT: Late applications will be considered as long as candidates provide a Statement of Comparability, which is compulsory for late admission to the master.

For further information, please contact

The cost of accommodation at the ITCILO campus during the 11 weeks residential phase – if desired by the individual student – is Euro 4,235. This includes:

  • Single room accommodation;
  • Breakfast;
  • Laundry (weekly allowance).

Meals are excluded and must be paid directly by participants in accordance with consumption.

Participants may seek off-campus accommodation like private apartments, which may be less costly.

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A limited number of partial fellowships might be available in order to facilitate the participation of deserving candidates from developing countries who are unable to meet the full tuition fees.

Once a participant has been accepted to a Master and chooses to enrol, they receive an official confirmation, guidelines, and an invoice issued by the Centre's financial services.

Payment is required from sponsoring institution(s) and self-paying participants to secure a participant's place in a Master (for the distance learning phase) and for the timely issuance of necessary visas (for the face-to-face learning phase).

The amounts due are payable in full. All related bank charges—bank of origin, correspondent bank, and recipient bank—should be borne entirely by the payer.

The payment schedule is as follows. However, the exact deadlines by which the payments should be made will be detailed in the admission letter:

  • A non-refundable enrolment fee of €1,500, on tuition price, is payable prior to the start date of the distance learning phase.
  • The balance of the tuition price is payable no less than 30 days prior to the start date of the face-to-face learning phase
  • The total subsistence price is payable 30 days prior to the start date of the face-to-face learning phase

Cancellation of participation in Master's courses will result in the following penalties:

Tuition fees

  • Prior to the start date of the distance learning phase: Fixed penalty of €1,500, refund of residual amount paid (if any)
  • After the start date of the face-to-face learning phase: Penalty of 100% of tuition price

Subsistence fees:

  • 14 days or more prior to the start date of the face-to-face learning phase: No penalty, refund of amount paid
  • 13 days or less prior to the start date of the face-to-face learning phase: Fixed penalty of €1,000, refund of residual amount paid (if any)
  • After the start date of the face-to-face learning phase: Fixed penalty of €1,000 plus subsistence costs already incurred and calculated on a weekly basis (i.e. actual number of weeks and portions thereof) and refund of residual amount paid (if any)
  • After the start date of the face-to-face learning phase, in case of a change of room type or occupancy option: fixed penalty fee of €500 per person

Refunds, where and as applicable, will be processed with all bank charges—bank of origin, correspondent bank, and recipient bank—to be borne by the participant or the sponsoring institution(s).


The faculty of the Master’s programme is selected for its professional experience and subject knowledge. It consists of academic resource persons and policy experts, coming from the University of Turin, ILO, Polytechnic of Turin, IRD/DIAL, Université libre de Bruxelles, SANEM and other leading academic institutions. Specialist tutors will support and interact with the participants throughout the programme.


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

Mohammad Nazmul Avi Hossain
Bangladesh 2017/2018

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

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
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International Labour Organization

The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States,to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. 

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Laboratorio Riccardo Revelli

The LABORatorio R. Revelli, is a research institute created at the beginning of 1999 from the cooperation between the University of Turin and the Compagnia di San Paolo.

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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French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development

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Frequently asked questions
How can I apply for this Master’s programme?
  • Fill in the application form and attach the supporting documents requested
  • Once you have completed your application and attached the documents, click on Submit
  • 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 20 June 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?
  • The Centre may agree to lodge accompanying persons on its campus subject to facility availability; priority is given to participants.
  • 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.
  • No assistance in obtaining visas can be provided. 
  • 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.
  • 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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