ECON 103

Introduction to Econometrics

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Daniel Ackerberg See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.9

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Professor Ackerberg was phenomenal. His lectures were always well prepared, he was very knowledgeable about the subject, and he cared very much for student learning. His tests are very fair and the hws supplement the course and exam materials very well. He was a great teacher and I highly recommend taking him if you can!

June 19, 2008
David Atkin See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.0

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Great Professor! Definitely take it with him!

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April 9, 2015
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Sandra Black See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.6

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I loved this class. Black made the material very accessable and she was an easy grader. Definitely worth the time.

April 1, 2008
Moshe Buchinsky See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 2.4

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I love this professor! Although I do agree with the comments below that the homework can be challenging, as long as you start early and ask around you should be fine.

While he may seem intimidating (waiting in silence for people to ask questions), I think he is super nice and quite funny.

This is one of those classes where you have to read the textbook on your own, but I prefer classes like this over classes with only notes to follow.

He gives you past midterms/finals which are at least 50% similar to the actual tests (all multiple choice). You should be able to solve the rest if you understand the concepts in the book.

I wouldn't necessarily call it an easy A class, but compare to the competitiveness of Rojas's class it's definitely way way easier to score an A.

Fall Quarter 2017
Maria Casanova Rivas See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.7 Clarity 1.8 Helpfulness 2.3

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boring lecture, not an engaging professor.

June 8, 2011
Patrick Convery See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.0

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I wouldn't recommend this class.

The midterm (30% of the grade) was reasonable and the final was unreasonably difficult. Given that the latter constitutes half of the grade for this course, I can't recommend taking it. The problem sets (20% of the grade) were also difficult as they were mostly content that the professor hadn't covered in lecture.

The difficulty of the testing aside, Dr. Convery doesn't know how to lecture. He goes over a scanned pdf notes and talks over them every single lecture and then expects us to understand. Once in a while he might look over an example problem from the textbook and just talk over it and very briefly explain the steps.

He doesn't do a good job of explaining any lecture content and you have to teach yourself through the problem sets and materials given for the practice midterms and finals. There were a plethora of equations required to solve problems that he never gave us that I was only able to find in the practice materials.

Overall, his lack of teaching ability doesn't allow him to test us as rigorously as he does (many test questions required knowledge of minutia that he mentioned one time and never brought up again), which is why I would not take this class with Dr. Convery again.

Fall Quarter 2021
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Raffaella Giacomini See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.8

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Professor Giacomini is AMAZING! She is by far the best professor I've ever had in my life and I feel so lucky to have had such an inspirational person as my teacher. She is extremely clear and her lectures are great because you leave the class knowing the material and she makes econometrics interesting. I was really scared to take this class because of all the rumors, but it turned out to be my favorite class (no joke)! Professor Giacomini is really nice, she writes her own homeworks and tests and she really wants you to understand the core of econometrics. She doesn't test you on proofs and formulas you'll never use-but instead tests you on the key aspects of econometrics. Take her if you have the chance-you won't be sorry!

June 30, 2006
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