professor
Mark Skousen

Apr 2005

Basically, don't take this class. Even if you do well, you'll regret having spent the time you did studying. Because that is how useless the curriculum is. Get a copy of the Economist for a year - your money will be better spent. There are too many great classes and gifted teachers at Barnard and Columbia - don't waste your time and money on this guy

Apr 2005

I feel that he is a really good professor. He gave us a lot of historical backgrounds of each macroeconomic topics. Which is essential to understand the course material. (Come on, it is a macro class, unlike micro which are full of graphs and numbers) I don't agree with previous comments that the history is irrelevant and a waste of time. He is trying to make us connect history with macroeconomic principles and I believe it was really useful for me. His tests covered what he taught in lectures, very straight forward. At the end of the semester, I gained a lot of extra insight and now I can read the econ news and understand what it is talking about.

Apr 2005

STAY AWAY!!!!!! Who are you freaks that gave this man such great reviews - golden nugget - yeah right?!!! I switched into his class from principles b/c of those reviews and I believe it was one of the absolute worst mistakes of my life. I, too, am taking principles next semester. This class was a complete waste of my time and money! This man DOES NOT TEACH HE PREACHES about how God is the invisible hand and how abortion is genocide - completely inappropriate for the classroom. He does NOT present a fair view of other economic theories and teaches his own made up models as if they were acredited (which they are NOT)! His tests have nothing to do with economics but are about obscure quotes and that the spanish thaler is the original dollar or some unimportant bullshit like that. He teached his OPINIONS as if they were fact and does not present the other view. AVOID THIS MAN AT ALL COSTS!!!

Apr 2005

This man should not be a golden nugget - i'm sure his money and banking class was great, but his first attempt at an Intro class has really been a complete waste of time. Rather than teach us the material necessary to understanding the global economic system, he prefers to talk about why the US should return to the Gold Standard. For two classes. If it weren't for our incredibly dedicated TAs, no one would learn anything. While I am an econ neophyte, and can't judge this, apparently he gets a lot wrong, too - he's an econ history phD. In short, everyone in the class is really pissed - not only are we paying 40,000/year (and thus should expect more than this), but barnard should be ashamed. In my opinion, this man is simply not qualified, nor is he interested in, teaching a well-balanced class. Actually, a TA remarked that our class is probably what columbia students in the 1930s were learning. I'm going to take Principles next year - that's how ill-prepared we are for the next level.... THIS MAN IS AWFUL!!!!

Mar 2005

Professor Skousen is every bit the ideal professor. He is engaging and witty, thoroughly knowledgable while still completely approachable. His class covered all the details, i.e. history, that seemed completely irrelevant at first. At some point during the course though, all the pieces began fitting together and I was amazed that I could have taken three years of Econ classes without really understanding these theories that guide Central Bank as well as fiscal policies. I didn't realize until pretty much the end of the course how much I had truly gained from this class. An added bonus: the course is rather macro in nature, providing lessons on many other countries and their economic/banking conditions.

Dec 2004

I was a bit skeptical of the professor at first. He uses an historical approach to economics, beginning with the conception of money and working forward. By the midterm I had a feeling that we would never get past WWII. I was wrong on this account; we covered material all the way up to modern day. It was until late in the semester that I realized how effective a method he had for teaching a class. I feel my ability to analyze current policy is strengthend by this historical approach. As a professor, Skousen is a wonderful guy. He is a free-market libertarian (probably the only one at Columbia), but he presents all sides of economic theory fairly. And while its clear that he prefers the latter, he gives enough information in class for students to defend either economist. Skousen has worked in the financial sector (and is still an investment advisor) so he earns more credibility because he draw from real-world experience. The Aplia assignments are frustrating and a waste of time. One was due each week, but some students finished them all in the first week. True these people might be overachievers, but it shows that little of the information on the tests is learned from Aplia. Simply put, if you already know something about Money and Banking, the Aplia is a breeze. If you don't, it can be an irritant. Overall, I reccomend this class highly. The teacher is wonderful, the lectures are interesting, and the result is reccomendable

Nov 2004

This course changed the direction of my life. I began the semester as a late-blooming junior, having chosen a major by process of elimination, wholly without career options that aroused my interest. Professor Skousen conveyed such enthusiasm for economics -- particularly the voluntary exchanges that enhance the lives of millions every day -- that I started to fall in love with "the dismal science". Skousen takes a novel approach to economics, mirrored by the wit and wisdom of his book The Making of Modern Economics. (Am I the only one who read its unassigned chapters for pleasure?) Take this class to hear about the lives of pioneering economists, from Marx to Mises, Keynes to Friedman (Skousen brims with enthusiasm and respect for all, strangely enough). We studied the historical events that shaped these men's perspectives and continue to inform political/Fed decisionmaking. Oh, a hint: If you prefer Hayek to Krugman, freedom to tyranny, productivity to envy, and reason to ideology, you'll find a kindred spirit in Mark Skousen.

Nov 2004

Hands down the best professor I have ever had. Every day with Prof. Skousen is a pleasure. He's full of energy, knows his subject as if it were his life story, and enjoys interacting with students. HIs personal views are more free-market than most Columbia professors, but Skousen is so incredibly fair and even-handed that you can scarcely tell he prefers Mises to Marx! TAKE THIS CLASS -- a once-in-a-lifetime experience with this brilliant author, investor, and business professor.

Oct 2004

This man is too pretencious. He keeps sending students annoying emails with unnecessary decorative phrases on a simple matter, really, just keep things simple and clear--that should be the goal of teaching, not advitising yourself anytime any chance you can seize. By the way, if you wanna know more about what I am talking about check out this personal website that is under hisname.com....errrrrrrr