Winter 2021 - I trusted the decent reviews this class had before Winter 2021 and I feel bamboozled. Prof didn't even have a syllabus until like week 4 of the course, randomly decided that the midterm was going to take place at 6pm on a Monday with no exceptions (people have jobs/are in different time zones/do things outside of class time??), was all over the place with regards to lecture material (didn't end up finishing a lot of material we were supposed to cover), admittedly made the midterm super hard to "ensure a normal curve," acknowledges that 15% of the class will fail, and was just generally rude to students. He would sometimes laugh when people when they asked questions during lecture :( His questions on problems sets and tests are also sometimes so vague and subjective, even the TA's have no idea wtf he's talking about. Also, don't get me started on his grading rubrics. You will get marked down on the most silly things. Anyway, don't take this class unless its literally your last quarter at UCLA and you have no choice.
Fall 2022 - As mentioned in other reviews, this class was terrible. Yes, the grade distributions may not indicate this - the class was curved exceedingly heavily, in what was perhaps the only redeeming quality of the course. However, it terms of educational attainment, this class was easily the worst econ course I have taken. Other courses like 101 or 104 were challenging, but I felt that by the end of the quarter, I had at least learned something of relevance to economics. This course lacked even that - I can confidently say that my grasp of 102 course concepts now is no greater than my grasp of the course concepts prior to having taken the course. Little to no practice material was offered besides biweekly homework assignments, and a single practice midterm and final respectively. Additionally, exams contained questions unlike any examples given previously, leaving students to figure it out during the exam. Lectures were directly copied from the textbook, except they were somehow made even more useless through tangential anecdotes and irrelevant backstory. No original content was developed by the professor, however the TAs did try their best to provide necessary information to somewhat comprehend the course. Take this course with another professor if you can.
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.
I enjoyed this class and Professor Farmer because he related the material to the current economic situation. The lectures are all based on power points that he uploads to the class website. It seems that he also always has his lectures on bruincast for those that don't like to go to class. Attendance for the TA sections count for 10% of the class but they are really helpful for the weekly homework assignments. There are two midterms and a final for the class. He was pretty generous with the grading because you will automatically get the higher or one midterm at 40% and the final for 50% or the final can count for 90%. His tests are about half concepts from the readings and half is econ. math(maximizing with lagrangians and etc.). There isn't going to be anything that is "tricky" or anything on the tests, they are generally straight forward and follow the assignments very closely. I think Farmer only teaches once a year and only in the Fall but if you're trying to plan ahead, I would recommend him because you will learn a lot and he is generous with the grades.