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Class News (335/402): Extra Credits

April 23, 2009

Extra credit assignments for both classes are in the Exam Lockers.  Previous End-of-Term posts have also been updated.

Posted at 12:18 am EDT

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Class News (335): End-of-Term Info

April 23, 2009

I wanted to post what I said in class about extra credits, the final exam, office hours, etc.

Final Exam
Wednesday, May 6, 1:00  – 3:00 PM (in classroom)

Material Covered
Comprehensive (more focus to be provided on “Study Tips,” posted later this week)

Format
Two essays (1 F&S) drawn from provided list and objective questions

Office Hours

  • Thursday, 4/23, 1 to 5 pm
  • Friday, 4/24, 9 am to noon, 1 to 5 pm
  • On-line (to answer reply to emails sent to both Bank and WU addresses) – Tuesday, 4/28, 1-5 pm and Thursday, 4/30, 1-5 pm

Extra Credits

  • Exam II corrections – due at final exam (hard copy), mandatory for those missing the exam, will also curve grades below 70 to 70.
  • To trim your workload and focus your study, I have decided to make the extra-credit assignment one slightly longer paper  (rather than 2 short one) on Friedman and Schwartz.  (You will still be able to earn up to 4, 100% quiz grades.)  Moreover, one of your two final-exam essays will be related to this paper.   Here is more information: short-paper-assignment-fs_spring-2009.

Posted at 12:08 pm EDT Updated at 7:30 pm EDT

Class News (402): End-of-Term Info

April 23, 2009

I wanted to post what I said in class about extra credits, the final exam, office hours, etc.

Final Exams
Section 1:  Monday, 5/4, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (in classroom)
Section 2:  Friday, 5/1, 6:00 – 8:00 PM  (in classroom)

Material Covered
Barro, Chapters 12-16 (2/3rds of exam)
Friedman & Schwartz, Chapters 11-13 (1/3rd of exam)

Format
Objective (problem set/F&S study questions  serve as “study tips”)

Office Hours

  • Thursday, 4/23, 1 to 5 pm
  • Friday, 4/24, 9 am to noon, 1 to 5 pm
  • On-line (to answer reply to emails sent to both Bank and WU addresses) – Tuesday, 4/28, 1-5 pm and Thursday, 4/30, 1-5 pm

Extra Credits

  • Exam II corrections:  Due at final exam (hard copy), mandatory for those missing the exam,  satisfactory job earns a 100% quiz grade and curves of grades below 70 to 70.
  • Extra-credit problem set:  Solow Growth Model and Barro, chapters 12-16.   Note: To trim your workload, I created a problem set over both topics that is 25% less work than two.
    Here it is: 402-extra-credit_-barro-sgm_spring-2009.
  • Problem set due by 5 pm Wednesday, 4/29 (turned in to Luiggi, specifics to follow), graded Unsatisfactory/Satisfactory/Excellent, U = no credit, S = two 100% quizzes, E = four, 100% quizzes, answers posted Wednesday, 4/29, after 5 pm.

Miscellaneous
You may not take the final with the other section unless cleared to do so.  If you miss the Friday exam, you may take it Monday – if prepared to document your emergency.

Posted at 12:08 pm EDT Updated at 12:02 am EDT

Class News (335/402): Extra Credit #4

March 11, 2009

Here is still another extra credit opportunity.  Watch the PBS special, “Ascent of Money,” and write a 2-4 paper (typed, double-spaced) summarizing the rise of modern finance (at least according to Professor Ferguson, the narrator).  Be sure you address his take on the root causes of current crisis.  This paper is due Monday, March 29th (in  class). As before, satisfactory work will earn a “100″ on a quiz.  You can watch (courtesy of PBS) by clicking here: Ascent of Money.

Here is a website with lots of great background resources on the financial crisis: Financial Crisis for Beginners

Enjoy!

Posted at 7:50 am (EDT)

Class News (335/402): Extra Credit #3

March 6, 2009

I hope everyone did well on the exam and is gearing up for a well-deserved spring break.

Here is another extra credit opportunity.  Watch the CNBC special, “House of Cards,” and write a 2-4 paper (typed, double-spaced) summarizing factors causing the housing, mortgage, credit, banking crisis.  This paper is due Monday, March 22nd (in  class). As before, satisfactory work will earn a “100” on a quiz.  You can watch the special (courtesy of HULU) at the bottom of the post.  [Caution:  Sometimes HULU removes recent TV episodes/programs after a few weeks, so waiting until March 21st to watch is risky.]  If you would like to watch full screen, click here: CNBC – HOUSE OF CARDS

If you would like more background on Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs), here is a good high-level discussion from a recent Time magazine article: One Bad Bond (TIME – 2/26/09)

Posted at 1:48 pm

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Class News (335/402): Extra Credit #2

February 20, 2009

You can earn extra credit by watching a PBS documentary on the financial crisis and writing a short paper. While we were discussing F&S Tuesday night, Frontline spent an hour on the crisis — staring with Bear Stearns and ending with TARP. It is superb. Here is a link to the PBS website where you can watch online: Inside the Meltdown.

After watching, write a 1-2 page paper (typed, double-spaced) summarizing key events in the crisis (i.e., what happened, when, and why was it important?). Again, this assignment is all-or-nothing.  Take it seriously, and you receive 100 on a quiz. Paper is due in class, Monday, March 2nd.

You might need some background on repos and credit-default swaps (CDS). A “repo” is a repurchase agreement — the sale of a security with simultaneous commitment to repurchase shortly. It is essentially a short-term loan. Here is a good link if you want more: Wikipedia – Repos. A CDS is essentially default insurance. Suppose you buy a bond; a CDS on that bond will make you whole should the issuer “go belly up.”  You (bondholder) have the  insurance; the CDS writer is the insurance company.  If you want more, follow this link: CDS Primer.

Hat tip to CeCe Ging for a “heads up” on the documentary.

Posted at 10:33 am

Class News (335/402): Extra Credit #1 & Podcast

February 17, 2009

Extra Credit
As noted in class, you can earn a 100 on a quiz by watching the episode of Milton Friedman’s PBS series (Free to Choose) dealing with the Great Depression (Anatomy of a Crisis) and answering questions on the episode.

Here is a link to the episode on Google Video (if you want to watch full screen): Free to Choose: Anatomy of a Crisis.  Here are the questions: Free to Choose Extra Credit Questions.

Podcast
Here is a link to the website housing a podcast of tonight’s F&S review session: F&S Study Session: 2-17-09

Posted at 10:56 pm