professor
Atila Abdulkadiroglu

This professor has earned a CULPA silver nugget

Jul 2004

Atila is one of THE nicest professors out there !! He's such an endearing character who is extremely approachable as well. I totally bombed my first midterm, and when I went to him to get my test back, he told me that it was okay, but that he'd be there to go over the test with me if needed. I studied my butt off for the final, which by the way was almost the same as the practice final, and ended up getting an A in the class. This professor defintely believes in redemption. As in most econ classes, you can learn 80% of the stuff from the text book anyway, but Atila's worth going to class to... just hope he doesn't opt for the 9am slot again !

Dec 2003

Prof. Abdulkadiroglu is a great guy. He comes out in the first class and says that he doesn't want us to have to worry about the advanced math which is the bane of Intermediate Microeconomics and keeps his word. He tries to simplify every concept, some more successfully than others. His two midterms were hard as hell, and they were quite different from the practice midterms he gave us, but then in a huge surprise, the final was almost exactly the same as the practice final! He was also very approcheable about the class and the TAs for the class were great. He's the ideal choice for Intermediate Micro.

Dec 2003

Althought I have a risk of failing the class right now, I think he is good. Interested to teach, enthusiastic. He seems to go a bit too fast though. Or economics was never my subject,

Dec 2003

Professor Abdulkadiroglu's a nice, passionate, light-hearted man. The problem with his class is that it's just too easy. To be more specific, in each lecture he will work out 2-3 full problems, every mathematical detail included. To me, that is mind-numbing. When he presents concepts and explains them, he is a litttle more challenging. Still, the concepts aren't very difficult, and afterwards you end up imagining that you knew all the stuff beforehand, just implicitly. That being said, if you wanna learn about Micro and aren't motivated enough to read the book yourself, then Professor Abdulkadiroglu's class certainly won't cause you any harm. Just be sure to bring light reading material to keep your mind active.

Dec 2003

Prof. Abdulkadiroglu (I dare you to pronounce it) is a great man. After my macro class, he made micro a breeze. Everything on his tests comes from his lectures (make sure to circle anything he suggests "could" be on the next exam -- and to be at the lectures) and he's really not out to get you. Thats not to say I did so fabulously on all his tests: while I aced his first midterm, the second for me was a miserable failure. Honestly, though, I deserved it. Looking at my notes afterwards, and then going to speak to him -- and seeing how concerned he was with my drop in grades, I can honestly say that I should have done better. I think the biggest problem you can have in this class is to feel too relaxed about it. At least thats how I felt - the problem sets were optional and not graded (and I never did them), and Atila has a way to make micro just seem ridiculously easy. The fact is this class should be an easy A if you actually do attend lectures and even make the vaguest attempts at the hw (which I didn't). And you will get a lot out of it, without the pain and horror that was warned Micro can be. Just take Atila -- need I say more?

Nov 2003

Nice guy, goes a bit too quick. Math majors will do very well.

Feb 2003

This seminar was based on exploring risk, risk management and problems that arise from asymmetric information. The lectures were well structured and tried to get across the basic principles of moral hazard, adverse selection etc. The professor is very nice, accessible and knowledgeable. The topics were interesting though the emphasis on building mathematical models slowed things down a little (he does not actually ask you to do them, though you should be able to follow the logic of the model).

Jan 2003

Prof Atila (thats what I call him, but that's coz I hardly speak in class anyway) is a thorough, competent lecturer once you are accustomed to his Turkish accent. He arrives on time, covers his material well and is very easy-going with his students. You are not absolutely obliged to hand up weekly problem sets as homework too! Prof Atila may not prance around, crack hilarious jokes or be the most popular prof on campus but I admire him for his diligence and sincerity. Take notes, ask questions, and this is one class you would have absolutely no complaints about.

Jun 2002

A truly passionate professor. I had lost faith that they existed. Atila kept my interest in economics (Not IB). He has an understandable accent and good jokes. He doesn't follow the book exactly, though you can keep up better by reading it. Do ask questions, but don't go to office hours unprepared. He doens' like when you take advantage of his graciousness. And look, you can't do econ if you don't like or have some appreciaton for math. Yes, you have to take a partial derivative, but really, the math used is absolutely remedial, it's the concepts that are challenging. you've got sit and mull over them. Also, his test are tough because many people found themselves not being able to reproduce the steps in a problem that they did before. He literally gave you 20 points, but because people never did it without looking at the answer they couldn't reproduce it. So, Atila is a great professor. He gives you a direction.

Jan 2002

Atila Abdulkadiroglu is a very nice and approachable Prof, at times even funny. Has a turkish accent took me a little getting used to, but after the first class you will have no problem understanding him. Intermediate Micro is very Math intensive, however, Prof Abdulkadiroglu tried to make it as manageable as possible (partially by simply ommitting the hard parts). Although this class uses Calculus, all you really have to know is simple, basic derivatives and the concept of Minimum and Maximum. It is more about the econ concepts than the math. Exams were somewhat hard but most of it, if not all, was based on the homework. "Based" means that you need to understand the homework to do many of the exam questions. So make sure you understand them BEFORE the exam! However, since he is new to Columbia, he said that we were somewhat of a trial class, adding that the exams for the following semesters will be harder and need even more of a conceptual understanding... so good luck! He wrote everything we needed on the board so do yourself a favor and attend class! Overall, I believe this is a good class to take to fulfill the Intermediate Micro requirement. He's is not out to get anyone and his grading is fair. Just do all the homework (I wish I had...) and go to all the classes, and if you put in a little work you should do fine. He curved the Midterm, mean was 50/100 = B. Textbook is actually not bad. You just have to dive into it a little and it will turn out to be quite helful.

Dec 2001

This was Prof Atila's first semester at Columbia, so he was a bit of an unknown entity. Three words -- Micro Was Killer. I'm not sure how much of that was the course, and how much was just me -- it's a rather mathematical course, and I'm by no means good at math. If you haven't seen partial differentiation before, you'll meet it here. Very intimidating and confusing especially for the first few problem sets. It got better after a while once I figured out for myself (the hard way) what was going on. Oh, don't bother going for recitations - you'll find out, as I did, that the three TAs are absolutely no use at all. Perhaps other people had better experiences with them. My classmate and I had better luck simply picking each other's brains. Atila (calling him that because frankly, would you want to refer to him by that last name?) has a Turkish accent, but it's not that impenetrable. Lectures are reasonably interesting, though no comedy club. If you like economic debate, you won't get much of that here - the professor was more than willing to deal with any questions the class raised, but hardly anyone in class bothered to ask any at all, so it got a bit monotonous at times. The textbook (Nicholson) is not only expensive, but unhelpful. It won't teach you how to do the problem sets which come from it -- that's what the lectures are for. He'll solve questions on the blackboard, so be sure you copy down what he writes and then spend the weekend trying to figure out how you can do the same thing for the homework questions. Oh, and as far as I can tell no other Micro prof uses this textbook, so you're out of luck trying to buy a used one or trying to sell yours off. Midterm was an absolute killer; I think a sizeable number of people withdrew from the class after it (even though the midterm was AFTER the drop date). After we complained, though, the final was a lot more manageable. Nice to see that he took student comments into account. Basically, though, I'm just glad I survived this course, and that I never have to take it again. Studying for the final nearly turned me into a Comp Lit major.