Andrew Atkeson

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ECON 106F
Finance See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.6

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This prof. is absolutely horrible. He assigns you TONS of reading, but he does not explain anything. All he does is he reads the overhead, but does not explain anything whatsoever. And the overheads are just simply the main ideas literally speaking copied from the book. If people ask him a question in class and he does not have time to cover the new material then you are responsible on your own to figure it all out. Next class he goes on to a new topic before he covered the material from the previous class. Absolutely ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish I had never signed up for the class...I will have to take finance with someone else to really learn something.

(Jan. 24, 2002)
ECON 106V
Investments See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.8 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.4

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He does follow the textbook most of the time. But sometimes he tries to deviate from what's on the textbook and teaches it in his own way. Exams are based on mostly the homework questions assigned. Yes, you may be able to study them and do well in exams. But final is cumulative so it's nearly impossible to know nearly 100 questions. Very irresponsible. He spent 1 lesson on last 3 chapters, only presenting the basic equation and theory without going into details. I ended up self-studying for it. Not much extra hours offered even before finals week. Be prepared to study on your own time a lot if you are to take him.

(March 23, 2007)
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ECON 167
Victims and Villains; Panics and Bubbles See Full Profile

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ECON 173A
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship See Full Profile

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ECON 173B
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.2 Workload 3.8 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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This class is…something. How much you learn greatly depends on your team and nonprofit. If you get stuck with say a team that only wants to do the bare minimum because they know they’re getting A’s you probably won’t learn too much. It’s a shame because this is a desperately needed class in a major that teaches things that are pretty much worthless to 90% of us taking it.
This class is basically a guaranteed A which is nice but has some unintended drawbacks: IMO a lot of lazy people work hard for a day to get into this class just so they can slack off and not do anything to focus on other classes. The faculty advice would often be conflicting but that’s business for you. What is annoying is that this class is taught by Econ people rather than business people and it shows. We were told how great what we were doing was the whole way through until the judges (entrepreneurs themselves) tore it up because it lacked any real substance beyond buzzwords and generality. If you have a team that doesn’t care you’re kind of screwed because it really needs all hands on deck to succeed. A lot of your workload depends greatly on the nonprofit you’re matched with. Some know exactly what social venture they want and others barely know anything about social entrepreneurship. Some have a lot of resources and others don’t. Some will have staff that are very helpful and some will have staff that are either unresponsive or treat you like errand boys. The lectures can drag on but there is usually some good stuff in there. Overall I suppose I’m glad I took it despite everything. I think it could be a really great experience for some. It’s really a roll of the dice. Worst case you get stuck with a useless team/nonprofit but you get an A.

(Spring Quarter 2021)
ECON 187
Upper Division Research Seminar: Applications of Economic Theory See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.7 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 3.0

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Do whatever you can to take this class. Andy is an amazing professor. He's really nice, and he knows so much about the economic environment. Easiest A of my entire UCLA career and I learned more than any other class. Oh and it counts for honors credit. TAKE THIS CLASS!

(Dec. 25, 2014)
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CESC M188
Practicum in Social Entrepreneurship See Full Profile

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ECON M188
Practicum in Social Entrepreneurship See Full Profile

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ECON 202B
Macroeconomics: Business Cycles Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ECON 202B
Macroeconomics: Business Cycles See Full Profile

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ECON 221B
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ECON 221B
Monetary Economics II See Full Profile

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