Development of Economic Institutions in U.S.
I just graduated two weekends ago, and looking back at all the Economics classes I took, Prof Boustan's class (Econ 183) was the one I enjoyed the most. She was very clear during lectures and eager to help students. Her responses to our email questions and discussion board questions were very detailed and pretty punctual. I took this classes during the quarter that the Econ department changed the class to one with a lab section. It did take me by surprise, but I was able to do well, regardless. I took Econ 103, the quarter before, I did horribly in STATA. However, the STATA we used was pretty basic and my ta Carlos was super helpful, during the lab sections. Prof Boustan also helped us with the STATA too. I managed to do well in this class, without as my stress as my other econ classes. I hope Prof Boustan teaches other classes, and replaces other grouchy professors.
This class is NOT easy by any means, and it is NO FUN. The topics seem interesting at the beginning of class, but she provides entirely too much information for you to learn in a quarter. Her lecture slides are about 20 pgs long for 1 hour, and she talks ridiculously fast. She may seem all nice and sweet, but her tests definitely show otherwise. Her grading system is very strict, the tests are impossible to complete in 1 hour, and as a result, the bulk of the class lands in >50% range. I studied a lot for this class, never missed a lecture, reviewed every piece of literature and graph, and I ended up with a B. AVOID HER!
It's basically a pure history class. If you are good at taking notes and memorising stuff, this would your class to take. You literally have to read over 1000 pages for his class and it's painnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng in the you know what. Midterm and final are 30% MC and 70% Essay. MC are very tricky but its doable. He is not a very open minded person. If you disagree with him on the essay questions, he will take off a lot of points. It's not an easy A class at all.