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outline: Here it is.
This is the most important website for this course. Everything you need to
know about the administration of the course is here. Please read this page
If you're looking for notes to
the lecture: Here they are.
The notes are incomplete and out of date. I do this on purpose. They will
work fine for class outlines, but they are not a substitute for the lecture!
I want you to come to every class.
Some answers to my critics.
My best teaching evaluation ever.
Having Trouble with Mechanical Aspects of
Khan Academy is an online video source that has many short lectures
on the arithmetic and mechanics of econ.
Check out the videos
here if you'd like.
This is how professors
grade tests and papers.
This is how you should NOT
email a professor.
video that went viral.
Here's what some of my students do during the 103
lecture here's what someone else
Perhaps I should have a contest for the best video each semester?
Why my students call me "The
You never know who is going to show up to lecture in 103: Doogie,
The Academic BatProf
Here's my reputation for holding class no matter what.
What you can do
with an SFU degree
For fans of "How I Met Your Mother", see how Barney
Stinson exploits the Principle of Substitution on Robin.
Here are some funny abuses of economic thinking from Always
Sunny in Philadelphia.
This is a very telling (and funny) example of the Prisoner's
Dilemma, note the show.
Here's a 10 minute TED
talk that elaborates on the great gains in wealth that come from
specialization and middlemen.
Here's a cute high school video
that helps explain why tuna cans are not the optimal size to minimize metal
A student sent this Friend's
clip in that hints at common knowledge.
Is this the best
worse speech of all time?
on the law of demand, right to carry laws, and airplane hijackers.
A very disturbing example of the principle
A problem with impatience?
Cute clip of impatient
A cartoon version of the Monkey's
Paw. How does this relate to maximization? Here's another
monkey video ... the
Russell Peters on inter-racial
Here's Chris Rock on the law of demand for bullets (language warning: it's Chris
Is this altruism, investment,
A Friends clip on
the diminishing value of porn
Barney shows why an indifference curve slopes upwards when trading of goods
This is probably the best example of the WORST
economic reasoning of all time, and explains why Elon Musk's firms have
received almost $5 billion in subsidies.
Here's and example of the idea that smart
people get rich. Ask yourself how plausible this is, and if so, how