May 15, 2006

Weinstein, David Silver_nugget
[W4325] Economic Organization and Development of Japan

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This is an excellent course; IÂ’d recommend it for any econ major. It was by far the most interesting of the electives I have taken thus far. Professor WeinsteinÂ’s lectures are very organized and he is fairly entertaining. The first half of the semester mixes a lot of history in with economic theory, while the second half is much less historically driven. Professor Weinstein himself is a very nice and approachable guy and anxious to help. The readings are fairly light and not particularly important compared to going to class. The exams can be somewhat difficult, especially if you get lulled into not paying attention by the power points. However if you go to class and pay attention theyÂ’re not too bad and they are curved to a high B low B+ just like every other Columbia econ course.

Workload:

Low-medium: midterm, final 10-12 page paper. Fairly light reading.