- Pre-Class Assignments
- Micro Intro
- Markets and Exchange: The Sociable East-African Plains Ape
- Markets Really Matter: The High Stalinist Experiment
- The Escape from the Malthusian Economy
- Principles of Economic Thinking
- Scarcity, Cost-Benefit
- Win-Win Exchange, Incentives, Specialization/Comparative Advantage
- Thinking Like an Economist
- Opportunity Cost, Marginal Thinking, Equilibrium, Circular Flow
- Positive and Normative
- Benefits of the Market
- Government and Market
Office Hours: J. Bradford DeLong's office hours for undergraduates will start January 26, and will be Tuesday 9-11 in Evans Hall 591.
Before the Course Begins:
- Read the very short: Economics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press: 0192853457). (2007):
- Come to your first section prepared to discuss the book.
- FIRST SECTION MEETINGS WILL BE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: there are no Monday or Tuesday sections the week of January 18
- YOU MUST ATTEND YOUR FIRST SECTION MEETING: if you fail to attend, you will be sent back to the waitlist
- There is a Course Syllabus document: READ IT!
- There is a Course Policies document: READ IT!
Useful Resources to Keep at Your Fingertips:
- Econ 1 Questions at Piazza http://piazza.com: https://piazza.com/class/ijbycscre596wc
- Econ 1 Chat: https://bcourses.berkeley.edu/courses/1411451/external_tools/24485
- Econ 1 Announcements: https://bcourses.berkeley.edu/courses/1411451/announcements
- Things moved off the "course syllabus" bCourses page: http://www.bradford-delong.com/2016/01/econ-1-spring-2016-uc-berkeley-things-moved-off-the-course-syllabus-page.html
- http://amzn.to/1Zpuoj5 (New York: McGraw-Hill: 9781259897580) be sure to order and buy ISBN 9781259897580 from the Berkeley bookstore : Principles of Economics
- http://amzn.to/1ZpuFCQ (Oxford: Oxford University Press: 9780192853455) (2007): Economics: A Very Short Introduction
- http://amzn.to/1NbvEPU (New York: Mariner Books: 9780156334600) (1970): Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
- http://amzn.to/234zCph (New York: Between the Lines: 9781897071069) (2006): No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart: The Surprising Deceptions of Individual Choice
- i>Clicker+ Student Remote http://amzn.to/1ZpvkEe (New York: W.H. Freeman: 9781464120152)
Introduction to Economics Course: This is one of the two introductory courses to economics we are giving this semester. This is the go-slower-do-less course. Econ 2 is the go-faster-do-more course. This course's topics include: economic modeling; allocation of resources; firm decision-making; imperfect competition; economic analysis of unemployment, inflation, and economic growth; the role of government in the domestic economy; international trade and finance; and U.S. economic policies of the last quarter century.
- 40%: Problem Sets: 4% each: 9 problem sets plus one short essay--perfect (4); good effort (3); effort (2); late but before answers distributed (1).
- 30%: Final Exam
- 15%: Midterm Exam
- 9%: Lecture iClicker points--0.5% per class up to a maximum of 18 classes
- 5%: Section Contribution--to the extent that you contribute to the learning of other students in your section
- 1%: Introductory 250-word letter to GSI on time and informative
Expect the median grade in the course to be a relatively high B--higher if the class as a whole does well, and lower if...
Old Course Syllabus DRAFT page on typepad: http://www.bradford-delong.com/course-syllabus-econ-1-spring-2016-uc-berkeley.html
- Reflection: Would It Be a Bad Thing If I Made the Econ 2 Freshmen Learn Python?
- Noted: Michael O'Hare: Malpractice with Chalk Our Sleeves | Peer Evaluation of Class Participation
- Reading: Partha Dasgupta: Prologue to Economics: A Very Short Introduction
- Discussion: Possible Discussion Questions for Partha Dasgupta, Economics: A Very Short Introduction | Why We Read Partha Dasgupta
- Noted: Philip B. Stark & Richard Freishtat: What Evaluations Measure
- Reading: Adam Smith: A Note on Wealth, Productivity, Human Psychology, and Inequality