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Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development

Course Description

This M.Sc. is a response 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, legal and institutional framework for employment and decent work in different development contexts.

The curriculum will combine a two-month distance learning phase with a four-month face-to-face component.
The Master program will be articulated around the following core modules.

The curriculum will combine a two-month distance learning phase with a four-month face-to-face component.

The Master program will be articulated around the 5 following core modules.

-The first module (module A) will cover the fundamentals in economics for development with a strong component in both the macroeconomics and microeconomics of labour markets.
-The second module (module B) will review labour standards, policies and institutions with applications in developed and developing countries.
-The third module (module C) will provide basic and more advanced courses on quantitative methods in the areas of statistics, econometrics, impact evaluation and microsimulation.
-The fourth module (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.
-The fifth module (module E) will consist of a series of conferences on contemporary global labour market challenges.

The programme is held in english, it willtake place from 26 October 2015 to 28 February 2017 and is sub-divided into three cycles:

The first cycle is conducted through a distance learning component that will start on26 October 2015 and will end on22 January 2016.

The second cycle from 25 January 2016 to 13 May 2016, is a face-to-face learning period that will be held in Turin, Italy, at the International Training Centre of the ILO. Its campus and facilities (bank, post office, travel agency, laundry, gym, sports and recreation facilities) provide an ideal environment for studying, sharing experience and creating networks. Class attendance is compulsory.

The third cycle is the preparation of a Master thesis, undertaken in the participant’s country or as part of an internship, assisted by tutors and professors, which will start on 16 May 2016 and will end on28 February 2017.

At the end of the academic year, each student will be required to prepare a Master thesis directed by a faculty member or by a professional from the institutions involved. The Master thesis can be written in any of the ILO official languages (English, French, Spanish) or in Italian as long as it is agreed beforehand with the thesis supervisor.

Deadline for application: 1 July 2015 or 1 September 2015

Visit the Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development page on the Turin School of Development website for more details!

Student Profiles

Scholarships - 20+ Awards

A number of sponsors have earmarked a limited amount of financial assistance to facilitate the participation of deserving candidates who are unable to meet the full tuition plus accommodation costs.Unfortunately there are no full scholarships on offer for any of the master programmes. You are therefore expected to finance your participation as far as possible. The admission criteria take into consideration your self-financing potential as well as your education and professional profile. In your application form, you are kindly requested to indicate the portion of the tuition fee and full board that you are able to finance.

Value of Scholarship(s)



A pool of donors awards partial scholarships to selected candidates from developing countries, to cover part of the cost of their enrolment for a Turin School of Developemnt course

Application Procedure

Participants who have financial constraints in covering the full participation cost are requested to indicate in the application form, the amount they are able to pay from own resources and submit a written request for the scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a first level university degree (BA) and be fluent in the english language (you may be required to provide evidence of English language ability).

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