welcome

REMAINING SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, April 21: class attendance required - meet with your group, get my OK on your presentation topic, time to work with group 
    Also: outline of paper due including scholarly source
    and exams will be handed back
Thursday, April 23: two presentations on economic development in poor areas of the U.S., problem set 8 is to participate in discussion
April 28 and 30: presentations in class, also see problem set 9
    Tuesday, April 28: Iraq, Libya, Cuba, Colombia, Bolivia -- You all did a good job, and congratulations to Colombia, the winner of the class vote for best presentation today!
    Thursday, April 30: Vietnam, Thailand, Mozambique, Togo, Cameroon, Tanzania -- You all did a good job, and congratulations to Vietnam, the winner of the class vote for best presentation!
Monday, May 4 by 5.00 p.m.: email me your final paper and the presentation writeup.

Upcoming dates:
Thursday, April 16: exam 2 in class
Tuesday, April 21: outline of paper due including scholarly source. ALSO, you are required to be in class Tuesday April 21 to meet with your group, and your group will discuss your presentation, including the topic you're focusing on, with me
Thursday, April 23: in class discussion/problem set to be posted online by 4/16
Tuesday April 28 and Thursday April 30: presentations in class, schedule to be posted by 4/23
Monday, May 4, by 5:00 p.m.: email me your final paper. Also the presentation writeup.

Upcoming dates:
Tuesday, March 24: problem set 4 is due in class - now also Thurs March 26
Thursday, March 26: Easterly/Sachs discussion in class, problem sets 5-7 due in class
Monday, March 30: email me with topic suggestion for paper
Have a good spring break! 

Midterm grades: So far, you have taken one midterm exam (30% of final grade), 3 map quizzes (6% total of final grade), and done 3 of 7 or 8 problem sets (8% total, so let's say that the 3 problem sets you've done so far are about 4% of your final grade).

To compute your midterm grade, here's what I did.
your midterm grade*30/75 [this converts your 75-point midterm to 30 points]
your map quiz total*6/90 [this converts the 90 points possible on the map quizzes to 6 points]
your problem set total*4/30 [each problem set is 10 points, so 30 total, this converts the total to 4 points]
Adding these up, there are 40 points possible so far. ["out of 40"]
Dividing this total by 40 gives you the percentage of points you've earned so far ["pct"]. Using the grading scale for the midterms, this is what I looked at in computing your midterm letter grade. 
COMMENTS! Only 40% of your grade has been determined (actually, slightly less than 40%). Your grade can still change, in either direction! This is just an indication of, so far, how you're doing.
If you're concerned about your grade, the easiest thing to do is turn in the problem sets and be on time with the deadlines associated with the paper. There will be a lot of deadlines coming up - they'll be posted on the website and announced in class. The second exam is fairly different from the first exam (more emphasis on short answer, less on problems), and there's also the final paper. 

The first exam is still scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, in class. UK has cancelled classes for February 19-20. We will NOT meet on Thursday, February 19. If UK does not cancel, there will be an online assignment that will be covered on the exam. Stay warm and be careful out there!

Welcome to the website for Economics 473G, spring 2015. The syllabus is available on the "syllabus" page. I'll bring copies to the first day of class.

This website will have lecture notes, assignments, additional readings, and information about exams, as well as the syllabus. We'll also use the Blackboard website for grades and occasional readings with copyright restrictions.
 
There are two required books: The End of Poverty: Economic possibilities for our time by Jeffrey Sachs, and The White Man's Burden: Why the West's efforts to aid the rest have done so much ill and so little good, by William Easterly. Both are "trade paperbacks," not textbooks, and each is available online at amazon.com (and other places) for under $15 (with free shipping if your order is at least $35 at amazon - you don't need these on the first day, so by all means use the slower free shipping if you order this way). They should also be available at most bookstores, including the campus bookstores. More information about how we'll use these books is on the "books for class" page. There will also be additional, shorter readings assigned throughout the semester.
 
Looking forward to seeing you soon.