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Michela Giorcelli

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Most Helpful Review
Fall 2022 - Professor Giorcelli is probably the least clear, helpful, or intelligible professor I have ever had in the Economics department. She is a tenured professor who has published interesting and original economic research, but clearly puts very little effort into teaching. Your comprehension of the material is tested across 2 midterms, a final, and 5 problem sets that are all multiple-choice questions. English is not the professor's first language, and this becomes especially clear when taking her exams. Many questions had poor grammatical structure that made them very difficult to understand. In addition, she does not show up to any of the exams, leaving her TAs to try to decipher her confusingly-written questions. The final was her coup de grĂ¢ce. She sent out an email telling students the exam would be 20 questions. This was a lie. The exam had 40 questions, about a quarter of which had glaring typos that made them impossible to answer, and another half of which were recycled from previous midterms or problem sets. Obviously, the typos were more of a concern than the repeated questions, but I thought the recycling of questions spoke to how little effort she put forth. Lastly, due to the TA strike, she brought in some other grad students that had no relation to the course to proctor the final. In order to be fair, she wrote, we would not be permitted to ask any questions during the exam. I'm not sure what she envisioned giving out a typo-ridden exam proctored by replacement-TAs that could offer 0 clarity. In all, I would say to take this class if you are looking for a manageable Econ elective. Despite all of the confusion and poorly-written questions, her tests and problem sets are pretty easy. The rest of this review is mostly just an indictment of a bad professor.
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