DRE 7045 Topics in Search Theory II

DRE 7045 Topics in Search Theory II

Course code: 
DRE 7045
Course coordinator: 
Espen Rasmus Moen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Topics in Search Theory II
Product category: 
PhD Economics courses
2021 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

The aim of the course is to give the students in-depth understanding of search models of the labor market, and how to simulate and structurally estimate such models. 

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The course aims to take the students to the research frontier in search theorey and structural estimation of search models. 

Learning outcomes - Skills

The students are expected to be able to construct and solve search models, solve the models analytically and estimate the models using indirect inference and other estimation techniques.-

General Competence

Understand how search frictions influence and shape price determination and the allocation of resources in markets, particularly the labor market. Understand how search models can be estimated.

Course content

In the first part of the course, extensions of the basic search models of the labor market are presented, including the DMP model with on-the-job search and with endogenous job destruction, as well as the Burdett-Mortensen model and the Postel-Viney Robin model of on-the-job search with extensions. In the second part of the course, the  course presents techniqes for estimating the models using indirect inference.

Teaching and learning activities

Students are required to participate in class – both in discussions and by presenting models/material from the reading lists.6 lecture hours will be used for exercises and for giving direct feedback to students. 

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.


Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
DRE 70451
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No30 Hour(s)Individual
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:30 Hour(s)
Exam code:DRE 70451
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
35 Hour(s)
Specified learning activities (including reading).
Student's own work with learning resources
35 Hour(s)
15 Hour(s)
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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 3 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 80 hours.