ECON 102

Macroeconomic Theory

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Costas Azariadis See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.4 Clarity 1.4 Helpfulness 2.6

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Ok, do not go to lecture. Just read the book, the notes, and the book again. Memorize everything in there. His tests are kind of weird so be prepared. If you want a B in his clas it doesn't take much. I would not recommend him if you actually want to learn something.

Feb. 7, 2003
Michael Baird Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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David Baqaee See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.1 Workload 4.0 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.3

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David's.... Okay. For an econ professor, he's definitely one of the better ones. His lectures were pretty dry, but I don't really blame him for that, Macroeconomics isn't one of the most interesting topics out there. A lot of the questions he asked for Problem Sets/Exams were PRETTTTTY subjective. To the point where, I don't think there was exactly a correct answer for some of them. If you try googling any of his questions, either nothing comes up for the topic, or every source has a different answer. I get it, you don't want people cheating. But, if there's no answer available for these questions in your slides, in your PHD student TA's discussion sections, or online, how the hell do you expect some undergrads to come up with the answers? That's another thing that pissed me off. Questions asked on exams were never covered in lecture or on his slides. So are we honestly expected to scour the macroeconomics web to study for exams? Hell no. He was a nice professor, and obviously cared about his students, but some of the little things made me mad.

Winter Quarter 2020
Carlos Armando Cantu Garcia Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Matthias Doepke See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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I thought he was one of the most down-to-earth econ professors around. I mean, he rides a motorcycle to work! Other than that, he's pretty funny too. He's very smart too...probably one of the smarter econ professors at school. He doesn't throw any surprises on the exam. He assigns homework every other week (beware! the homeworks that are graded are worth quite a bit of the overall class grade...I believe he graded 2 of the 5 problem sets. the 2 graded sets were worth 44 each of the possible 100 points in the homework section which is worth 25% of the course grade) (hope that made sense). He is very technology savvy, and loves to assign excel projects in the homework sets. He is a very young professor, but he's comfortable in front of a 300 person lecture hall. The material of the class was very microoriented and very mathematical. He doesn't spell out the implications of the material, you must do that on your own time. Overall, good class. I think I pulled an A.

March 28, 2002
Roger Farmer See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.8

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I enjoyed this class and Professor Farmer because he related the material to the current economic situation. The lectures are all based on power points that he uploads to the class website. It seems that he also always has his lectures on bruincast for those that don't like to go to class. Attendance for the TA sections count for 10% of the class but they are really helpful for the weekly homework assignments. There are two midterms and a final for the class. He was pretty generous with the grading because you will automatically get the higher or one midterm at 40% and the final for 50% or the final can count for 90%. His tests are about half concepts from the readings and half is econ. math(maximizing with lagrangians and etc.). There isn't going to be anything that is "tricky" or anything on the tests, they are generally straight forward and follow the assignments very closely. I think Farmer only teaches once a year and only in the Fall but if you're trying to plan ahead, I would recommend him because you will learn a lot and he is generous with the grades.

Dec. 16, 2008
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Conor Foley Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Francois Geerolf See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.1

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Y'all did professor Geerolf dirty with these poor reviews! I was hesitant to take the class with him based on previous reviews. However, his class was quite pleasant and very fair.

He redesigned his class to be much less math-based and less theoretical as well, especially in the 2nd half (post-midterm) material. I found myself learning a lot more about relevant economics (ie Trump's impact on deficits and how he proved the Phillips curve wrong), and learning how much of the theory we've been learning in high school or underclassman years are wrong. Instead of testing us on these wrong theories, he designs his tests based on what actually happens in reality according to the data! I learned more about real-world economics in 1 quarter than I did in my previous 2 years at UCLA, thanks to Geerolf. When people ask me to explain certain things about the economy, I'm now able to do so with confidence.

Homework is not too difficult and basically free points since its completion-based. The first midterm was tough, but open-notes and multiple choice made it easier. There was more theory/math on this midterm, which is why it was harder. The final was much less theory-based and I found that studying for it was much easier than I anticipated. For example, he basically axed the entire Monetary Policy unit because Fiscal Policy is much more effective in changing aggregate demand. DO THE READINGS. At least 25% of the final is based directly on the readings, which certainly helped me (since I spent more time on the readings than I did trying to understand the economic theory). Make sure to focus only on what he says in lecture (I would recommend rewatching ALL lectures before an exam), since he won't test you on anything in his notes if he does not explicitly cover it in class or in the readings. Again, he says this multiple times, proving how FAIR this class is. I got a C+ on the midterm but an A on the final and overall. Nice guy, fair class. Would take again.

Fall Quarter 2020
Matthew Hill Full Profile > 2.0 Overall 2.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness
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