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 4.3 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.7

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I wasn't going to review this class until it was over, but then I saw the recent reviews and I have to disagree with them a little. I would not describe the professor's lecturing style as "wack", yes they're a bit dull, especially if you're used to speeding through a course the entire 10 weeks. Professor Baqaee lectures relatively slow because he explains every slide and interprets every graph with a lot of detail and uses different examples to get his point across. He's always willing to stop and answer students' questions and even began using a white board for further clarification (he uses PPT slides) as requested by some students. Attending lecture is useful for his exams and HW because he adds a lot of explanations not stated in his slides.
He's always open to constructive feedback, even though some guy can be so rude! I'd recommend taking 102 with him + it also helps that HW is worth 40% and and extra 5% for attending section.

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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Farmer is the best economics prof I have had at UCLA thus far. I went into the class, thinking I was going to despise it, but actually ended up enjoying it. As the previous 2 comments stated, he did a great job of relating the current economic crisis to the class - something I've never had a econ professor do prior to this class. He also seemed to actually care that we understood what he was teaching us. Also, the man is seriously brilliant. So although you don't need to go to class, or even really listen to the lectures online because his tests come straight from the weekly assignments, you can really learn a ton from him (and listening to the lectures makes the weekly assignments easier to understand.) Take Farmer if you can.

Dec. 25, 2008
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Francois Geerolf See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 3.2

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This class is a total NIGHTMARE. I've never felt so confused or frustrated. This class literally destroyed me. Now I'm half through the quarter and have no idea what to do. I wished I had listened to the reviews here. The professor is a nice and kind person. However his lecture is impossible for me to neither follow nor understand anything. There are a thousands of symbols and notations but he never explain any of them. I am a Math major and this class is a thousand times more confusing than any of the math classes I've taken.
Again total nightmare.

Fall Quarter 2019
Matthew Hill Full Profile > 2.0 Overall 2.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness
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Brian Jenkins Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Pari Kasliwal See Full Profile

Overall 1.3 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.3 Helpfulness 1.3

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Just took him for 102. What everyone has said here so far is pretty much on the mark, so you can guess that I'm gonna say don't take him if you can avoid it. But if you can't, do yourself a favor and save your money and don't buy the book.

Sept. 15, 2001
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