ECON 170

Industrial Organization: Theory and Tactics

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John Asker See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.7 Workload 3.7 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.7

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Professor Asker is the best econ professor I've ever had at UCLA. He's one of the very few econ professors who actually do care about teaching. Knowing that I have major time conflicts with his office hours, he was always willing to stay late after the lectures to answer all my questions and was super patient the entire time. His midterms and finals are extremely fair games as long as you attend all the lectures and pay attention to the parts he highlights on. I screwed up my midterm but did quite well on the final in which case I still got an A since his midterm can be dropped according to his various grading schedules which really work towards students' interests to the max. Prof Asker always extends his class materials to the research he has worked or is currently working on. Highly recommend this class with professor Asker.

Spring Quarter 2016
Deborah Brown See Full Profile

Overall 1.7 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.3 Clarity 1.5 Helpfulness 1.0

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This guy is a f*ing retard. I took Money and Banking and 106P with him, and he taught both the exact same way; with the same stat intro (why oh god), same lame Milton Friedman videos, same history of economics. He has no idea what is useful and what is not in the real world, which is probably why he is teaching econ at ucla in the first place. He jumps around his own notes, reads them so fast you have no idea what he is talking about, goes on tangents lasting 10-15 min about stupid stories that aren't even funny, only to return to the original point with the entire class pondering if he is a borderline schizophrenic.

Sounds fun? It would be if his tests actually tested what he teaches. But this bastard tests you on everything in his syllabus, from his outdated useless econ text to his beloved Milton Friedman videos. Man-crush much Bruce? Or are you just a lazy f*ing a**hole? He only teaches about 1/3 of the material, leaving you to learn the rest. YAY!!!

Ohhh but I'm forgetting something. That's right, the best part about Bruce Brown is that he makes mistakes. Tons of them. But he doesn't catch them, because he has the handwriting of a child and it would probably make his own head explode looking through his own notes for errors. Sometimes I wonder if he makes them on purpose to test our knowledge of the material, but the dumbfounded look on his long face when he gets caught erases any hints of precognition. Bruce boobooed.

I came to ucla expecting to learn my ropes, learn economic concepts that are affecting the world, and maybe finding something interesting to latch onto so I can make a living. This bastard ruined econ for me. He is not fit to teach college, high school, and I'd be damned if anyone lets him near kids, they just might turn out retarded like Bruce.

So what do I think of him? If I were drunk enough I'd beat him and make him my _____.

April 8, 2010
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Gary Galles See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 2.4

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The review below is pretty much exactly what I had to say. You have to listen back to the lectures. It does take a ton of time. But if you are willing to put in the time, the class isn't bad. The topics are also interesting and he is an entertaining lecturer so the 2.5 hours of class isn't too bad. But make sure you know the answers to all the questions in the reader.

April 11, 2007
Gary Hansen See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.6

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THIS REVIEW IS FOR ECON 164!

Professor Hansen is a super passionate, knowledgeable professor. He's one of the few professors on this campus that actually smile at you when you approach him after class, whereas most others look at you standoffishly from down their nose.

His lecture notes are fairly organized and he tries hard to ensure his students understand the material. Sometimes he'll blank out in the middle of a sentence or he'll pause and say "Oh wait.... no, no, no. I made a mistake! Do you guys know what it is?" and turn it into a learning lesson. It's kind of funny!

Overall, this class wasn't too challenging. Just memorize his lecture notes and understand the concepts, and you'll be fine. That's what I did and I got an A.

Jan. 15, 2013
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Hugo Hopenhayn See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.7 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 2.0

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He is not helpful at all. He doesn't like to answer student questions after class, feels like he's just here for the salary. No practice materials for midterm or final, you have to find your own way to study for this class. There's nothing wrong with this course, I just took the wrong professor. Good luck!

Fall Quarter 2017
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Edward McDevitt See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.5 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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An awful professor!! If you don't like math-econ, stay away from him. His lectures are awful-he basically has them memorized. There honestly is no need to show us through math every single theory-I didn't even know what I learned because I was just busy memorizing the math. Avoid at all costs!!!!

Dec. 20, 2010
Volker Nocke See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 3.6 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 2.0

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I loved taking this class. I had a hard time following his lectures, but he was really good at making sure we understood what was happening. The material isn't too difficult. I studied a bit, but got an A. I really recommend this class and professor!!

Fall Quarter 2017
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Rodney Swanson See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 1.9

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do not take swanson. he talks way to fast in lecture and does not explain anything. it is very hard to follow along and becomes extremely boring. you are expected to read everything and then know eveything in the book and from lecture for every test. he wont give a review sheet or even a hint at what might be on the test. he tries to make jokes that arent funny and just confuses you even more, its a good thing there is a curve

March 20, 2003
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