Statistics for Economists
What many people do not realize (like me) is that Econ 41 is a weeder course. Because of this, UCLA will give you terrible Econ professors and expect you to fight amongst your peers in order to not get weeded out of business econ. This is one of those such teachers. She's ridiculously boring and ineffective, don't bother going to class. Final was pretty rough. If I wasn't sick for one of the midterms I probably would have done better in the class... Having to be excused for a midterm is one of the worst things that could happen to you, as the midterms are easy compared to the final.
HORRIBLE! Avoid him, what most people say here about him is true. 1) He gets confused by his own problems and stares at them trying to figure out how to do them; he usually just ends up skipping them because he doesn't know how to actually do them. 2) He does a few problems in class and doesn't explain what he's doing or why, and then on the test he puts a similar problem except you have to do it a bit differently, but you don't know that. 3) He doesn't actually teach, the stuff he teaches in class doesn't help on the sample problems. 4) He puts the sample problems/answers out only a few days before the tests/final, I'm sure he does it on purpose In conclusion: GO BACK TO CSU POMONA!
This class is tricky to rate. I got an A-, so it's hard to be that negative. Midterm was super easy. Homeworks, while time consuming, were pretty straightforward. The final was hard. Like really hard (read the other comments). As a professor Buchinsky is moderately entertaining and tends to keep class from being that boring. He doesn't cover half of what's on the syllabus and did an extremely poor job of preparing us for Econ 103.
Spring 2021 - Overall, I think this was a good class. The professor was a bit dry, but the lectures were very clear. The class did get a bit overwhelming, but if you stay on top of your work it isn't too bad. There is weekly homework that takes about 1-3 hours and is good practice. Both his midterm and final exam are difficult, but I was able to do well because of the practice materials he provided. He gives you a practice midterm and two practice finals, both of which were similar in the topics/difficulty of the real exams. The final exam is cumulative, although there was a surprising emphasis of the latter half of the course on the final exam, in particular on the concept of expectations. There were two versions of exams (because of time zones) and you had to take the same version of both exam (so if you took the morning midterm, you had to take the morning final). The said class was curved such that the top 25% got an A, the next 35% got a B, the next 25% got a C, and the last 15% got a D or worse. I think he was slightly more generous than this and if people do well, he isn't afraid to curve down. In addition, both versions of the class (those who took morning exams vs those who took evening exams) were curved separately in case the tests were of different difficulty. There are two grading schemes: 1) 10% HW, 30% Midterm, 60% Final 2) 10% HW, 90% Final He will curve you in both grading schemes and then whichever one you have the higher grade in, is your final grade. The medians for the midterms were: 77% for morning, 83% for evening The means for the midterms were: 76% for morning, 79% for evening The medians for the finals were: 83% for morning, 82% for evening The means for the final were: 81% for morning, 79% for evening I would recommend taking this class, it took me a lot of effort to do well, but it was doable and he was a fair professor.
I actually thought he was a really good lecture. We didn't cover as much as we probably could have but still looking over my lecture notes we covered a good amount of stuff decently in depth. Also I don't know if you've heard already just through the econ department grapevine, but if Kyle Woodward is ever offered as a TA for any of your classes get him. No seriously he was so helpful he had to get a bigger room because so many people were showing up to section. The real problem with this class is that he didn't really test on what he taught. HOWEVER, he posts practice tests online which are basically what's on the tests. We only had one midterm unlike the people below. 14 questions but your grade was out of 12. Final was 35 questions but only 30 counted and one was a freebie. 13.5% available as additional extra credit outside of tests. So no curve but a ridiculous amount of extra credit to raise your grade if you need it. I did none of the extra credit homework but did show up to all the lectures that were extra credit and got 4% just from that. My first (and probably last) A+ in college.
Fall 2018 - Worst class I have ever taken at UCLA. Went every lecture at 8am, went to every discussion, did the homework problems and still got a failing grade. I have never felt so dejected in a class. Prof Hahn really expects you to master the concepts that he went through only once. I'd say you can only do well in his class if you put in 3 times the amount of effort you put into an average class. He also speaks quite condescendingly when you ask him about material from the lecture and replies you with yea I went fast because you should have already known and read this before. Lectures were okay but did not explain some concepts well. The exams were a horrendous time crunch and it was all MCQ so you don't get partial credit for work done if you don't arrive at the correct final answer. You don't have time to think, once you read the question you should have the entire solution in your head. I read the reviews on here and thought that it was an exaggeration but the exams are actually horrible. Overall, unless you have a strong background in stats or are willing to put in extra effort, I would not recommend taking ECON 41 with this professor.