Chapter 8: Søren Johansen and Katarina Juselius
This interview took place at Copenhagen University in October, 2005 How did you get into statistics and economics? Søren, let’s start with you. Søren: That is a long story. Both my parents were trained actuaries. When I finished high school in 1958, I knew that the actuarial study would be split into statistics and actuarial science. I decided to do statistics, which started with courses in mathematics, and later statistics. I became one of the first graduates of the program in 1964. So I guess it was basically the background of my family that made me aware of statistics and want to study it. Katarina: My background was just the opposite; I was the first one to get a university degree in my family, they were farmers. As a child I was a ‘reading horse’; at the age of 12 I had already read all the books in our local library, many of them two or three times. I just loved literature and after high school started studying literature and humanities. But I quickly realized it wasn’t really for me; you had to read huge volumes on the history of literature and learn it by heart. I wasn’t very good at memorizing and decided to study something more analytical, which was economics. One of the more influential professors in business administration had a strong influence on me and he encouraged me to continue my studies after my BSc and MSc exams. I chose to specialize in econometrics because...
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