Winter 2021 - Chris is a solid lecturer and he's super accommodating. He does multiple time frames for you to do the midterms and finals which was *chef's kiss*. Last time I had to do a 3-hour Econ final at 4am because my prof told me it was the Econ dept policy to only have one time slot for exams. He's super responsive on Campuswire, holds a ton of review sessions and OHs. There's also a lot of easy extra credit in the class which bump your grade up by probably 5%. Most importantly, he explains things extremely well. He sometimes takes a different approach to the textbook and his approach is always clearer. He points out common mistakes in his lectures and makes sure we wouldn't repeat them. There are also practice problems for every chapter which I thought was comparable to the problems on the exam. The data report was a bit of work but pretty easy. He gave out the grading rubric so it was very clear what was expected of us. He also rounds your grade up so that's very nice.
Fall 2021 - Chris Surro was a great professor for this class. He explained the material very clearly, concisely, and in an organized manner. He typically responded to questions through Campuswire and held sessions during lecture hours to go over sample problems (because the lectures were prerecorded). The midterm and final were pretty hard. They definitely required a good amount of studying and for you to have a good conceptual grasp of the material (I guess people were mad that the grade wasn't curve more because Surro had mentioned earlier in the course that he would). I'd say it was 70/30 calculation vs. conceptual questions. You basically get free points for quizzes and problem sets if you just put in a minimal amount of effort, which help (partially) offset the difficulty of the exams. There was also an excel assignment for the second half of the course. DO NOT start the assignment too late!!! It took a ton (a ton) of time to figure out how to do it (probably because i am not pRoFiCiEnT at excel). Overall, pretty difficult course but It was fine, especially if you like macro more than micro. I feel like Surro is one of, if not the best professor to take - he doesn't do bs stuff, just keeps everything plain and straightforward.
Spring 2020 - Highly recommend this class. Chris is an excellent professor who is genuinely passionate about teaching. All his assignments were very reasonable and clear, and he's really helpful during office horus too. This is an essay-based rather than exams-based class which is a nice change from the Econ prereqs. I wish he taught more electives, I would take every Econ class with Chris if I could!