Econ 101b: Fall 1999

J. Bradford DeLong; Jean-Philippe Stijns
delong@econ.berkeley.edu

Lecture: TuTh 2-3:30; Cory 241

Sections: MW 4-5, Wheeler 210; MW 5-6, Evans 47

Brad DeLong's Office Hours: Tuesday 12-2, Evans 601

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Course Requirements:

One midterm (October 14), one final (December 9), nine problem sets.

Course readings:

Draft textbook-the first installment is here, the rest will be available for purchase at Copy Central over the course of the semester. My tentative
schedule is to have the next substantial chunk--chapters 3-6 that follow the chapters 1-2 you have here--printed up by September 1, chapters 7-9 printed up by September 15, chapters 10-12 by October 15, and the rest of the draft before November 1.

If you want another textbook as well, let me recommend two: Greg Mankiw's Macroeconomics (4th edition):

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1572596449/

And Olivier Blanchard's Macroeconomics (1st edition):

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131480995/

Course meetings:

Unfortunately I have to cancel two classes--September 2 and October 19--because of commitments I made before I knew I was going to
teach this class. On the other hand, I expect classes to run all the way through to the very end of the semester.

Course website:

This is it. It can be found at: http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Econ_101b_F99/Econ_101b_F99.html

Course philosophy:

This is the go-faster and do-more version of macroeconomics--the study of the determination of output, production, income, employment, and prices
in the economy as a whole. As a group, the class will be made up of people comfortable using calculus. If you aren't comfortable using calculus, you probably don't belong here and may well not have a good time

Since you are guinea pigs for my draft textbook-to-be, I am also going to be very concerned with issues of pedagogy: what ways of communicating the subject matter of this course are effective, and what ways are not effective?

Grading:

Almost everyone here could be taking Econ 100b instead--and get at least a B+, probably an A-, A, or A+. This will be taken into account in setting the
curve for the class.


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