January 19, 2011

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

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

I loved loved loved this professor. He is incredibly clear, a fantastic lecturer, is very approachable (always willing to meet with you) and has a great sense of humor. Although this class was early in the morning, I never felt tired or bored. There were many concepts such as some of the international trade models I did not understand in other class that I got after 20 minutes with Professor Weinstein. He also goes over a couple of finance concepts (the economics of a repurchase agreement, the idea of short selling etc) that I found useful. I personally enjoyed the economic components of his lectures more, but was a little less interested in the history.

In total, amazing professor. Take this class!!

Workload:

He assigns a lot of reading, but goes over most of them in class (most of the reading is also very interesting). The midterm/final are largely based on the lectures. I found them both to be pretty challenging (you need to pay a lot of attention in class and make sure you completely understand each concept he covers). A final paper on a topic of your choice (I learned a great deal from it. He is always willing to help you and I had an awesome TA (Jessie) that was also very helpful. But make sure you start early. It is a ton of work and would be impossible to do last minute).

It is definitely not an easy class and I thought it was pretty tough, but it was 100% worth it. He is also a very fair grader