Chapter 8: Søren Johansen and Katarina Juselius
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....
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