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Adverse Selection Class Problem and Solutions (from our October 4th class meeting)

Here’s the link to the Adverse Selection Class Problem that we worked on during our October 4th class meeting:

And here’s the link to the solutions for this class problem:

The spreadsheet which I used to produce the solutions document is available at

Friendly reminder – Michael Munger extra credit opportunity tomorrow – 4-5:15 in Foster 250

Tomorrow, you can earn extra credit by attending and reporting on Dr. Michael Munger‘s lecture entitled “Tomorrow 3.0: Thriving in the the New Transaction Costs Economy” from 4-5:15 pm in Foster 250:

If you decide to take advantage of this opportunity, I will use the grade you earn to replace your lowest quiz grade in Finance 4335 (assuming that your grade on the extra credit is higher than your lowest quiz grade). The report should be in the form of a 1-2 page executive summary in which you provide a critical analysis of Dr. Munger’s lecture. In order to receive credit, the report must be submitted via email to in either Word or PDF format by no later than Monday, October 15 at 5 p.m.

Grades report for Finance 4335, circa October 10, 2018

Earlier today, I updated Canvas to reflect course, attendance, quiz, problem set and exam grades for the 71 students who are currently enrolled in both sections of Finance 4335.  Here are the descriptive statistics for these grades.

Course Grade Attendance Quizzes Problem Sets Midterm Exam 1
Mean 84.22 95.21 70.90 86.04 83.56
Standard Deviation 11.55 6.39 13.82 12.61 20.47
Minimum 48.83 73.33 26.00 39.33 0.00
25th percentile 81.17 93.33 60.50 81.29 80.50
50th percentile 87.72 100.00 72.00 89.42 92.00
75th percentile 91.26 100.00 82.00 94.75 96.00
Maximum 98.83 100.00 95.00 100.00 100.00

Let me explain next how I calculated the “Course Grade”.  In the syllabus, the final (end-of-semester) course numeric grade calculation is given as

Final Course Numeric Grade = .10(Class Attendance) + .10(Quizzes) + .20(Problem Sets) + Max{.20(Midterm Exam 1) + .20(Midterm Exam 2) + .20(Final Exam), .20(Midterm Exam 1) + .40(Final Exam), .20(Midterm Exam 2) + .40(Final Exam)}

At the end of this semester, I will assign letter grades based upon the following schedule (which also appears in the course syllabus):

Final Course Letter Grade. The final course letter grade will be based upon the following schedule of final course numeric grades:

A 93-100% C 73-77%
A- 90-93% C- 70-73%
B+ 87-90% D+ 67-70%
B 83-87% D 63-67%
B- 80-83% D- 60-63%
C+ 77-80% F <60%

Since we are halfway through the semester, the equation for the Mid-Semester Course Numeric Grade which now appears in Canvas is calculated as :

Mid-Semester Course Numeric Grade =(.10(Class Attendance) + .10(Quizzes) + .20(Problem Sets) + .20(Midterm Exam 1)/.6

Keep in mind that you don’t actually receive a letter grade until the end of the semester.  However, in the meantime, this calculation at least provides a clear indication of how everyone is doing overall so far.