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Tufts University: Jeffrey Zabel - Economics - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Jeffrey Zabel | EC107 - Intro Econometrics | Economics2005-03-16

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I think from reading the other reviews on Professor Zabel, people who took him for Stats hate him, while people who took him for Econometrics think he's awesome. So I'd recommend taking him for Econometrics, cuz he is awesome in this subject. Its probably because he has a passion for econometrics, which is his line of work. He does regression analysis for stuff like the environment and housing starts, as well as education, and for the faculty's wages. He isn't always the greatest teacher in getting everything across, but that also has to do with the course being the hardest in the econ department. He has good humor, and is very helpful if you ask him questions. This is honestly the best class I?ve taken as an econ major. It'll make your econ major much more worthwhile.

Workload:
Problem sets are insanely time consuming, there are six of them, and they take around 6-10 hours. The good thing is that they really help you understand everything. You also have to use the statistics program STATA for them. The assignments are not straightforward, so you will definitely have to ask the teacher questions at times. No paper, two midterms, and a final project.


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Tufts University: Jeffrey Zabel - Economics - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Jeffrey Zabel | EC107 - Intro Econometrics | Economics2004-10-24

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Clearly Econometrics is a difficult subject, but I have to say this was my single FAVORITE economics class I've taken at Tufts, and I'm a Quant Ec major. The reason is Prof. Zabel. While some may find him harsh and unwilling to help, I found him exactly the opposite. He consistently cracked jokes in class and had a level of respect for students higher than that of most professors. If you can't handle good-natured ribbing, then you should probably shy away, but every time I visited him with questions he was very helpful, and ALWAYS encouraged students to come to him for help, especially on the Empirical Project at the end of the semester. Please take the poor reviews of Prof Zabel with a grain of salt. If you have any affinity for statistics and aren't looking to blame your poor performance in the class on the Prof, you will probably love Zabel.

Workload:
Weekly problem sets, 2 quizzes, 2 midterms and a final empirical project.


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Tufts University: Jeffrey Zabel - Economics - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Jeffrey Zabel | EC013 - Statistics | Economics2004-07-15

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Professor Zabel isn't the best professor you'll have at Tufts, but he's better than most of these reviews indicate. His lectures are indeed fairly boring, but this is statistics we're talking about here. He's not incredibly clear, but if you consistently go to his office hours he will be rather helpful. His exams are pretty hard, but they're fair and they are curved.

Workload:
1 problem set per week. The biggest problem with the class was that the problem sets involved some fairly boring repetitive work with microsoft excel. There were 2 tests and a final. As mentioned above, the tests were challenging but fair and curved.


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Jeffrey Zabel | EC107 - Intro Econometrics | Economics2004-05-04

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I feel that some of the bad reviews of Professor Zabel are unwarranted. His course is one of the most challenging in the economics department, and he expects much from his students. I agree that he assigns a heavy workload, and the average exam grades hover around 70. However, I for one did not come to Tufts to have my hand held through my classes. Zabel engages the class more often than many of his colleagues in the department, and he is quite fair. One negative is that it can be burdensome to print out all the notes for the class (I stopped midway through the semester), but he covers a lot of ground throughout the semester. I learned more and worked harder in Zabel's class than in many other economics courses.

Workload:
Weekly homework assignments, two exams, final empirical project. More work than an average class.


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Jeffrey Zabel | EC013 - Statistics | Economics2004-04-25

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I'm usually too lazy to do things like this, but I had to take the opportunity to tell economics majors to avoid Prof. Zabel at all costs. He is the single worst teacher I've had... ever. Moreover, he lacks the compassion and overall genuity that most students look for in professors. Statistics can never be an enjoyable experience, but he makes it that much worse. He holds office hours, but the manner in which he answers your questions makes you never want to attend them. He often belittles you and encourages you to surrender. Bad news... stay away.

Workload:
Problem sets due every week, 2 tests and a final. Exams are extremely difficult.


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Jeffrey Zabel | EC013 - Statistics | Economics2004-04-21

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I took this class in the Fall of 2002--I can safely say it is one of the least enjoyable classes I've taken at Tufts. Professor Zabel has good notes--everything is on powerpoint and they are all posted online. Unfortunately, he does not teach and going to office hours is pointless. He was always dismissive. I always wonder what professors think when the average grade on a test is a failing one. I would say take Shimshack or Miller, but don't take this class.

Workload:
Problem sets weekly, one dropped. I forget the number of tests.


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Jeffrey Zabel | EC013 - Statistics | Economics2004-04-20

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If there is one course at Tufts that will change your mind about majoring in a subject, it is Statistics for Economics. Granted, the course itself is one of the hardest offered in the Economics department. I, unfortunately, took the course with Professor Zabel, who made it all the more nerve-racking. His tests are incredibly difficult, but do not fret... he does curve test scores.
The majority of class time is spent going over notes that are readily available online. The manner in which they are explained makes it even more pointless to attend class. He does hold and attend office hours, and he can be mildly helpful. However, if you are lost in his class, don't expect much help. As one student recalled, Professor Zabel told him to beg on his knees for help.
So, if at all possible, avoid professors like Jeffrey Zabel. He can share a lot of interesting statistical information from his research, but he is truly one of the worst professors I've had at Tufts.

Workload:
Problem sets are due each week. The lowest one is dropped. Also, there are two midterms and one final. The midterms are ridiculous, but the final is fair.


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