Teaching statement

I am very passionate about teaching and pedagogy. As an aspiring professor of economics I am dedicated to disseminating the methodologies and insights of the profession both through teaching and through work that acquaints undergraduate students with the economics research process.

My teaching experience encompasses both online and offline learning as well as extensive undergraduate mentorship. I have assisted in teaching Introduction to Econometrics and Global Inequality and Growth. In these courses I developed homeworks, coding tutoritals in R and Stata, and original sets of notes. As a graduate student instructor, I have received overall student evaluations 0.85 standard deviations above the UC Berkeley Department of Economics mean.

Identifying with many of the different professional identities in the academic setting—both as a student working under the guidance of a professor and as an instructor and mentor working with undergraduate students—I have the perspective and dedication to facilitate meaningful learning for students of all backgrounds.

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Econ 133: Global Inequality and Growth

Section notes

Section 1: Income concepts

Section 2: Capital and wealth concepts, production functions

Section 3: The Gini coefficient

Section 4: Income shares and other measures of inequality

Section 5: The distributional incidence of inflation

Section 6: Midterm prep (no notes)

Section 7: Midterm re-cap (no notes)

Section 8: Models of labor income inequality

Section 9: Wealth inference and research methods

Section 10: Models of the wealth distribution

Section 11: Inherited vs. self-made wealth

Section 12: Optimal taxation

Section 13: Final exam review (no notes)

Jakob A. Brounstein


PhD Candidate in Economics
Department of Economics
University of California, Berkeley

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