Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Econometrics at University of Oregon

I found out University of Oregon professor and Economist's View blogger Mark Thoma posts his class lectures on Youtube. He says that these videos should be used as complements instead of substitutes to attending his class. As sitting in isn't an option for me, I'll be forced to go the substitute route. I do not plan on watching the eighteen lectures consecutively, as Thoma says a few habitually truant students have tried, but hopefully I'll learn a little. It'll be interested to see how lectures at the University of Oregon compare to lectures at George Mason University. Why aren't any Mason professors recording and posting their lectures?


Pete Abbate said...

I'm a little surprised no one has posted Rustici's lectures - chalk that up to the fact that most Econ majors go to his class and most non-majors don't care enough to sit through the lectures. As for everyone else? Maybe they simply believe it will decrease attendance because people will rely on online lectures as substitutes. Remember Leeson in 385? God forbid anyone skip his class.

Josh Knox said...

Is anyone recording this lecture? Stop now, this conversation should be "just between us"

Pete Abbate said...

Here is a timely article about our man Thoma. What separates him from GMU professors?

"Thoma is not given to asserting his opinions. 'When I push the button on something I know is going to be controversial,' he says, 'my stomach gets butterflies.'"

According to the article, he functions as much more of an information aggregate than even Tyler. The article also emphasizes his academic history (turned down from Stanford and Berkley), and perhaps being excluded from the elite programs gives him a stronger desire to spread information? Something along those lines... I don't know exactly how I want to phrase it.

Economics Specialist said...

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Compared with the totality of knowledge which is continually utilized in the evolution of a dynamic civilization, the difference between the knowledge that the wisest and that which the most ignorant individual can deliberately employ is comparatively insignificant. ~Fredrich Hayek in The Constitution of Liberty