ECON 102

Macroeconomic Theory

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Costas Azariadis Full Profile > 2.3 Overall 1.9 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness
Ok, do not go to lecture. Just read the book, the notes, and the book again. Memorize everything in there. His tests are kind of weird so be prepared... (Feb. 7, 2003)
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Ok, do not go to lecture. Just read the book, the notes, and the book again. Memorize everything in there. His tests are kind of weird so be prepared. If you want a B in his clas it doesn't take much. I would not recommend him if you actually want to learn something.

Feb. 7, 2003
Michael Baird Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Matthias Doepke Full Profile > 3.5 Overall 1.8 Easiness 1.5 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness
I thought he was one of the most down-to-earth econ professors around. I mean, he rides a motorcycle to work! Other than that, he's pretty funny too. ... (March 28, 2002)
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I thought he was one of the most down-to-earth econ professors around. I mean, he rides a motorcycle to work! Other than that, he's pretty funny too. He's very smart too...probably one of the smarter econ professors at school. He doesn't throw any surprises on the exam. He assigns homework every other week (beware! the homeworks that are graded are worth quite a bit of the overall class grade...I believe he graded 2 of the 5 problem sets. the 2 graded sets were worth 44 each of the possible 100 points in the homework section which is worth 25% of the course grade) (hope that made sense). He is very technology savvy, and loves to assign excel projects in the homework sets. He is a very young professor, but he's comfortable in front of a 300 person lecture hall. The material of the class was very microoriented and very mathematical. He doesn't spell out the implications of the material, you must do that on your own time. Overall, good class. I think I pulled an A.

March 28, 2002
Roger Farmer Full Profile > 3.4 Overall 1.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness
Farmer is the best economics prof I have had at UCLA thus far. I went into the class, thinking I was going to despise it, but actually ended up enjoyin... (Dec. 25, 2008)
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Farmer is the best economics prof I have had at UCLA thus far. I went into the class, thinking I was going to despise it, but actually ended up enjoying it. As the previous 2 comments stated, he did a great job of relating the current economic crisis to the class - something I've never had a econ professor do prior to this class. He also seemed to actually care that we understood what he was teaching us. Also, the man is seriously brilliant. So although you don't need to go to class, or even really listen to the lectures online because his tests come straight from the weekly assignments, you can really learn a ton from him (and listening to the lectures makes the weekly assignments easier to understand.) Take Farmer if you can.

Dec. 25, 2008
Francois Geerolf Full Profile > 2.4 Overall 2.4 Easiness 3.4 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness
Taking this class with geerolf was definitely one of the worst decisions I've ever made. Econ 102 is usually a very reasonable, concept based class, but... (Winter Quarter 2016)
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Taking this class with geerolf was definitely one of the worst decisions I've ever made. Econ 102 is usually a very reasonable, concept based class, but this class could not have been more of a mess.

The lectures were pathetic. Geerolf would stand up there with his irritating voice and would alternate between reading from his slides verbatim, at a pace to quick to take notes, or going on irrelevant tangents that he would later tell us we would not be tested on.

The tests were even worse. Instead of testing of you understand the material, geerolf gives you an absurd combination of unnecessary calculus, differential equations, and tricky multiple choice questions. He would post his past tests online, and the next test would be a very similar test, yet he would make enough subtle changes to completely throw you off. Expect him to force you to use that shotty gray calculator from Ackerman in order to compute complex math with 10 and 12 digit numbers(all part of the some bs relationship that the Econ department has with the store to force you buy their calculators) . This alone could needlessly take up half the time you are given for the test. Don't expect to ever come close to finishing a test, because I think this guy truly enjoys watching you struggle and then fail to finish in time.

In summary, the lectures were atrocious, and the tests were worst. I don't know if everyone in the class had this same experience, but I do not feel as if this guy gave me any chance to succeed in this class.

Winter Quarter 2016
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Matthew Hill Full Profile > 2.0 Overall 2.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness
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Pari Kasliwal Full Profile > 1.3 Overall 1.3 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.3 Clarity 1.3 Helpfulness
Just took him for 102. What everyone has said here so far is pretty much on the mark, so you can guess that I'm gonna say don't take him if you can avo... (Sept. 15, 2001)
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Just took him for 102. What everyone has said here so far is pretty much on the mark, so you can guess that I'm gonna say don't take him if you can avoid it. But if you can't, do yourself a favor and save your money and don't buy the book.

Sept. 15, 2001
Meric Keskinel Full Profile > 2.9 Overall 2.6 Easiness 3.4 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness
Keskinel is a funny guy and his lectures aren't horribly boring to sit through, unlike a lot of other econ professors. That said, he's pretty disorganiz... (Fall Quarter 2016)
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Keskinel is a funny guy and his lectures aren't horribly boring to sit through, unlike a lot of other econ professors. That said, he's pretty disorganized in how he presents his material- no slides, and he'll often jump from whiteboard to whiteboard without explaining what's going on. Tests were reasonably fair but a little bit tricky. Overall, he's a very average professor- not one to avoid taking this class with, but not one I'd go out of my way to take again.

Fall Quarter 2016
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