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This class has definitely been one of the most interesting econ classes I've taken so far at UCLA, and I learned a lot from it. I thought there was a good balance between the theoretical models as well as their applications, which was very nice, especially through the case studies with guest speakers. Your grade is based off of 3 homework assignments, 3 of 6 case study assignments, participation in the case studies, and the final (which is worth 50%).
Content wise, there was definitely a lot of theoretical models that were covered early on within the first 5-6 weeks. Make sure to know those concepts really well and review them in discussion (go to Jake's discussions). I did think that Moritz wasn't a great lecturer and he wasn't always clear when explaining some models in lecture; I was fairly confused about that material until Week 7 or so. But going to discussions, solving questions from past finals, and doing the homework should clear that up. The homework assignments are very challenging, but he did emphasize that the exams would be much easier. The case studies were also fairly interesting and were pretty relevant to the lecture material, which was great. Some of the speakers were pretty awesome (especially once we switched back to in-person), but others weren't the best.
The final wasn't the easiest (in my opinion, some of his past finals were way easier), but they were definitely doable with a little bit of reasoning and thought. The case study question on the final is practically a free 50 points out of 100. Make sure to repeatedly practice all the past finals, as they provide great practice for the exam.
All in all , I do think this class was very well structured and you do get to learn a lot of interesting content in formal and applied setting, while being sufficiently challenged. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the topic.
He has a slight German accent and often times he makes everything sound more complicated than it actually is. You need to do four homework assignments for this class and they are extremely challenging. Since there is not much material to study for this class (his lecture notes and homework are everything you have), you need to know everything backward and forward. Even then, the problems on homework will be totally unexpected and unpredictable. I felt like I kept missing some stuff in class because not much in homework assignments and on the final reflect what he taught in class. I guess you just need to be smart to do well in this class. Like the other person said, the midterm was so easy that 90 was the average score.
I took this class almost two years ago and it was great back then and I can say that it's gotten even better since then. (In the sense that I've come to realize good teachers are hard to find at a research college.) It's tough to find a better professor than Moritz. He taught a pretty mathematical subject really well and did it with examples that were engaging. There were homework assignments and a final team presentation where we had to apply game theory to a real world event.
I also remember that in the lab sections each of us sat in front of a computer and played games with others in the same room! Then Moritz would analyze the results with us in the subsequent lab lectures. Very memorable.
This review is for Econ 106I. Overall, the class wasn't bad... until the final. His final is ridiculous and he does a poor job of explaining what to study for. Stay far away! Brutal curve and a GPA killer.
I liked Prof Moritz. He is very nice and entertaining in his lectures. The structure of the class is: concepts and theory are introduced during the two weekly lectures and then models are introduced in TA sections. The lab section has required attendance and participation and there are three group case write-ups. The case studies are BY FAR the best part of the class. The guest speakers are very entertaining and come from a variety of backgrounds. There are also three problem sets, no midterm, and a final. Unfortunately, I do not think that the one-hour-a-week TA sections are enough to teach all the practical mathematical application models. The final and three problem sets all consist of these types of math problems which are not addressed in the lecture at all. There were many weeks when my TA would not even complete one problem in an hour, leaving us extremely confused. With that being said, TA sections and the TA written notes are essential for this class, even more than the lectures.
I would genuinely recommend Professor Meyer’s class. Econ 106I is a new class for him and he did a good job on explaining things. We had three guest speaker sessions which are the highlight of the course, and we also got to present in Econ Action Conference. I will say, this class feels slightly different from other Econ courses since the engagement is important, and you will also build your skills of public speaking and communication. Another good thing is you don’t really need to study until the last week since we got no midterm and the final is easy to handle. Be ready to analyze case study and be familiar with some formulas and you will be sufficient to get an A!!!
This class was extremely interesting. I would recommend taking this class to anyone interesting in consulting and/or HR or even just game theory.
This is the first class I've taken at UCLA that adequately balances theory and practice. We had problem sets and models, just like any Econ class. But we also worked on cases and had case discussions with guest lecturers where we could apply the theories we learned in class. The cases were pretty easy. As long as you're thorough, you should get 100% on them. Participation in the discussions also counts towards your final grade. You only have to speak 4 times all quarter to get all the participation points. The problem sets, however, were extremely challenging. The professor always encouraged us to work in groups for the homework because of that. Thankfully, we usually were able to figure out the right answer in the end.
The final wasn't too difficult. It was a pretty unique circumstance for us: because of Ms. Rona, we had to take the final remotely and it was open book. It wasn't problem set level difficulty, so I didn't find it challenging at all.
Overall, I would recommend this class! I'm just Econ and people wondered why I was taking a 106, but this class is really not that hard and it's interesting!
Easy and interesting class, his examples in lecture notes and practice problems are harder than actual tests. Predictable midterms so everyone got As, so he made the final much harder. Overall, still easy since he gives super generous curve.