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Assignment #9

Read Poor Economics, Chapter 7. Write a <500 word response, analyzing the content. Things to think about are: how do they present statistics?; how do the authors use statistics to make the big points in the chapter?; what did you learn?; what questions do you have left after reading the chapter?.

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Call for PLA

As you all know, Andy Krasny is the PLA for this course, and he will be graduating in the Spring. I’ll be teaching this course four times next year, and would love for one of you to take Andy’s position. If you’re interested in continuing to work with me, teaching, supporting student learning in Economics 350, and earning a little extra money, please let me know this week.

I’m not looking for necessarily the highest achieving member of the class. Earning an “A” in this class is not a prerequisite for the position as other qualities are also desirable. Come talk to me or shoot me an email if you’re interested!

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Moneyball this Thursday

The Economics department will be showing Moneyball this Thursday evening in Joseph Theater. Discussion will follow. I encourage you all to attend and blog about it. In fact, if you do, it will count as extra credit or can replace a missing blog post.

Details:

“Moneyball” Film Showing
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 7 – 9:30pm
Breidenbaugh Hall 201 Joseph Theater
Based on a true story, “Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) challenges the system and defies conventional wisdom when his is forced to rebuild his small-market team on a limited budget. Despite opposition from the old guard, the media, fans and their own field manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beane – with the help of a young, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist (Jonah Hill) – develops a roster of misfits…and along the way, forever changes the way the game is played.”

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