Honestly,at the beginning, I register this class because I don’t have any other options. Deciding to declare another major in statistics at the end of last semester makes me have to take six advanced stat courses in two semesters. After checking all the other econ courses, it turns out Economics of the Organization is the only one fits my schedule. Being not sure about what kind of class it is, I searched rate my professor to get some taste. Your score is 2.3/4.0 and seems to be the lowest in econ department and here are some comments from this website:“Just save your time and do not kill your GPA by taking this class. He means well but the tests are just way too abstract.”;”Arvan did not teach with a text book, and he spent the entire class lecturing on material not on the test. It was virtually impossible to learn the material. If you have another option for Econ 302, go with it.” At that moment, I thought I would be screwed up this semester. However, now I would recommend this class to my friends and give a 3.9/4.0 on rate my professor. I wish I could register this class earlier, at least not in this busy semester, and I can do much better.
The pedagogic approach impressed me a lot at the very beginning, although I am kind of afraid of writing. At the first half of the semester, I usually start thinking about the blog post and the related examples at wednesday and spend an hour and a half in average to write it in UGL. I do enjoy the time that being alone and writing the blog each week. Besides, the blog post not only encourages me to start thinking and writing but also helps me in my GRE writing test. But in the second half, spending most of my time on improving my verbal section of GRE test and looking for summer intern leaves me fewer time to write the blog and I usually finish it on saturday night. For the Excel sheet, I think you must have spend a lot of time on it to provide us a convenient way to understand the model but sometimes we do need some youtube videos on topics like “Insurance under Asymmetric Information” to get the idea. The topic I enjoyed most is the Transaction Cost, Principal-Agent model and Gift Exchange model. I can relate them to a lot of my previous experiences. Especially the Gift Exchange model, it helps me solve some questions that I kept asking my mentor and did not get a satisfied answer.
At last, I want to give some suggestions on the course structure, sometimes, I feel the blogging and excel sheet are not that related. Personally, starting from thinking about problems from daily life and then describe and solve it using economics and math is the ideal method for learning. Based on that, maybe writing and discussing problems leading to the model we are going o learn first and then do the excel sheet could help us understand the model better. But reality could be more complex and you may have other considerations in designing the course. In addition, an optional project announced at the beginning of the semester could be useful for students who want some research experience. It is a pity that I can’t finish the project this semester, again, I wish I could register this class earlier since you treat students and the class much more serious than many other professors. Finally, about the PowerPoints, it seems there are not many PPT after the first midterm. I felt it could be useful in review but the Excel homework did a good job when I was preparing for the exam.