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November 17, 2008


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Colin Campbell

Conversation bounced around a lot from Spanish Armadas to a 15th-century Nepalese University, but it never ceased being interesting. What I found most interesting was the justification for increased workload given the value of our education. I heard good things about 101b last semester from three friends who took it with you, so I'm excited for 113! I hope as a Political Science/South and Southeast Asian Studies major I'm not taking quantum physics haha.

-Colin Campbell, 17987430

Brian Shen

Hey Professor DeLong, I really enjoyed our first class today. One of the reasons I found your lecture interesting because you talked about issues that were relevant to every student today, like the idea of California taxpayers subsidizing our education. I'm really excited for this class!

pierre mouillon

My name is pierre mouillon and i am from paris france. I am a senior peis major and hopefully i will be graduating in may, which might not be such a good thing after hearing your very pessimistic predictions in today's lecture for those graduating this year. I am taking this course because it satisfies the historial economic context for my major. I am looking forward to taking this course because i am curious to see how economic models can be linked to historical context.

Asma Nakhuda

Today's class gave a good overview for what the semester will be like and what is expected of us as students. A little hard to follow at times because of the digressions, but at least they were interesting.

Lily Tam

I have been curious to see whether or not the benefits of having a college education outweigh the costs. What tools can we use to measure these two quantities? Also, as there are many more students attending college today, does this lower benefit per capita, or in other words, can we consider the benefit of a college education as a zero sum gain? I am looking forward to all the interesting topics we will cover and working hard.

Daniel Phan

I thought today's lecture was more engaging than most introductory lectures just because you spoke about us students. In particular, about those who support the educational system and how we in return have the capability to reinvest in the system that brought us up. I thought this was the most interesting topic because it is more personal. I look forward to the rest of the material. I had no idea that this class would cover such an extensive period; I had the impression that an economics history course would cover no more than a few centuries of American economic history and exclude the very earliest influences on American soil.

Michael Pimentel

Greetings Professor Delong!

This summer I spent some time reading through Sohail Inayatullah's The University in Transformation, and was, as a result, highly interested in your discussion on the role of the university. Seeing as how you outlined the place of the university in the past and present, I'm interested in hearing your take on its role in the future. With the virtualization of education in some regards becoming more imminent, is education as we see it today (bricks-mortar and a distinguished faculty) bound for extinction? More specifically, are the costs associated with maintaining a physical campus and a prestigious faculty (a problem you highlighted in public education) proving unsustainable by estimates today? Finally, what changes to the professoriate and the worth of a college education can we expect to see if either question is answered affirmatively?

Michael Pimentel

Tasmin Dhaliwal

I appreciated that you spoke about how our education at Berkeley is subsidized by the state because we are meant to make contributions that better society as a whole. Sadly, many students forget that this is the fundamental purpose of a receiving a college education.

Christina Ruetz

I was intrigued that the exorbitant cost of movable type was responsible for structuring university education around lectures. Good story!

Daniel Vega

Interesting that there was a time when the biggest investment and commercial banks in the US failed, I think you said it was 1973. Also interesting how you were comparing the Great Depression and said we were half way there (Freddie, AIG, and some other institution).

Daniel Vega

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