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This evaluation is for Econ 106M. You can not say it is a easy A course, but it is defenitely a course that is worth taking. Professor Torniell is a very nice teacher. If you just follow him and do what he asks, you will for sure learn a lot from this class. The final exam is not unpredictable, everything on the test are either mentioned in his lecture or in his required readings (short WSJ articles). Although class homework are sometimes go over the class material, you don't need to worry because they are just meant to give you more exposure to this area. Final project is a fun part, if you are interesedt in financial history and financial market, TAKE IT!
This review is for 106M, even though 106I is selected. There was no 106M option. The material is fascinating, very useful and very applicable. The major problem with the course lies with Tornell's incredibly unorganized lectures and his lack of availability. He will post answers to homework problems and practice problems for exams but will NOT post solutions to many of them, simply stating "see class notes for solution." The problem is there's no way to understand if you comprehend the material or not since all you can do is go back to your class notes, which are probably not even that good since the man's lectures are insanely unorganized. He also has no office hours. At all. As a graduating senior, I've never had a professor that had no office hours. I'm not even sure if this is allowed by university policy. If you can take 106M with anyone else, do it. If it's with Tornell...think twice beforehand.