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Employment and Labour Market Policy

Politique de l'emploi et du marché du travail

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Daniel Oesch
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2010 -> 2014

No timetable defined.


Spring semester
4 hours per week
56 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


This seminar analyzes the challenges of labour market policy in Switzerland and Europe. The main focus lies on the study of unemployment. The following topics will be discussed in a comparative perspective: (i) macro-economic policies, job growth and unemployment; (ii) the Welfare state and the re-integration of the jobless into the labour market; (iii) educational systems, labour migration and the future evolution of firms' labour demand; (iv) wage bargaining, inequalities and trade unions.

The seminar session are divided into three parts: first, the lecturer gives a theoretical introduction. Then, the students present an article and moderate a debate. The third and final part consists in applied work session where the students are confronted with practical problems they have to solve - often in groups.

In the last month of the seminar, we will discuss the findings that the students made in their written research papers. Moreover, the seminar invites every year a few experts from the practice: representatives from the national, cantonal or municipal public administration, the trade union and private firms.


As for students' contribution, the participants will have to make an oral presentation of an article. In parallel, a weekly reading assignment permits the participants to get introduced to the different sessions. Finally, students will have to write a research note which examines a particular problem linked to one of the five labour market topics outlined above. This research note has to be orally presented in the seminar.


Bonoli, G. (2010), 'The Political Economy of Active Labor Market Policy', Politics & Society 38(4): 435-457.

Esping-Andersen, G. (1999), Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies, chap. 6: 'The structural bases of post-industrial employment', Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 99-119.

Koning de, J., Layard, R., Nickell, S. and Westergaard-Nielsen, N. (2004), 'Policies for full employment', UK Department for Works and Pensions.

Larsen, C.A. (2008), 'Networks versus economic incentives: an economic sociological account of the transition from unemployment to employment', Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies Working paper 58, Aalborg University, pp. 1-19.

OCDE (2007), 'L'immigration peut contribuer davantage à la prospérité', Études économiques de l'OCDE : Suisse, Paris, pp. 127-174.

Wright, E. O. and Dwyer, R. (2003) 'The patterns of job expansions in the USA: a comparison of the 1960s and 1990s', Socio-Economic Review 1: 289-325.

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