Econ 100 Announcements for 2007

Latest announcements are at the top. Scroll down for earlier announcements.

September 15

The bug in Webct6 seems to be fixed. You can use that site to check announcements from now on.

Sept 11

Don't forget to check the list of assignments at Web CT. Some are due in the next few weeks.

September 11 you can spend most of the class time working in groups discussing the business analysis project. I will be there to answer questions.

September 13 the class will view a video, "The Call of the Entrepreneur." It has to be shown during class time, because it has not yet been released for general distribution.

The video shows three entrepreneurs: a farmer, a merchant banker, and a Hong Kong mogul. See if you can articulate how each of them creates value.


The business analysis presentations will begin on September 18. Although the "due date" in Webct is October 2, the reason for that is that I wanted to make sure that the presentations were not considered late if they were done later in September. But for your purposes, the due date is September 18.

I have created the take-home assignment for the first unit. Go back to Webct6 to view it.

An announcement that the software messed up is as follows:

Three recent items on the web relevant to the unit on economic growth.

1. The world's most entertaining economics lecturer, Hans Rosling, puts on a 20-minute performance.

2. Brad DeLong, a leading economic historian, has recently written about the past 100 years of progress in the United States here and here.

3. Finally, there is an outstanding podcast featuring GMU professor Russ Roberts interviewing another leading economist in the field of economic growth, Paul Romer.

A very good introduction to economics can be found in Cornell Professor Robert Frank's talk at Google. I recommend the first 30 minutes (the entire talk is an hour).

Finally, note three economics blogs that you might benefit from reading: Greg Mankiw, who teaches Harvard's introductory econ course; Marginal Revolution, by GMU professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, and , by GMU Professor Bryan Caplan and myself.