The common topics of the interviews below are perhaps clear, and close to home for me: applied macroeconomics, whether econometrics/statistics or computing. While reflecting on this, though, it occurs to me that the interviews appeal because they show us the person, not just the researcher. As someone who fell into economics, and with no claim to any kind of Damascene moment in either my university years or professional career, it’s comforting to know that life meanders.
In alphabetical order:
Ericsson, N. R. (2004) ‘The ET interview: Professor David F. Hendry: Interviewed by Neil R. Ericsson’, Econometric Theory, 20:4, 743-804
(preprint version available here as a discussion paper of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)
Lucy Slater (1922-2008), computer pioneer
[Obituaries: Girton and Lucy Cavendish Colleges, Cambridge]
My favourite interview, of a mathematician and pivotal figure in the early days of computing and applied economics at Cambridge; a legacy that lives on today in my current employer.
It’s incredibly hard to find much else about her and her work (h/t to Beatrice Cherrier for this) or, indeed, that of (m)any female applied economists. An interview of this length is a gem but, sadly, as good as it gets.
A few years back, ‘Slater’ made it on to the approved list of names for the North West Cambridge Development but I’m not aware of any more recent developments in this regard.
Lucy Slater: an oral history conducted in 2012 by Janet Abbate, IEEE History Center, Hoboken, NJ, USA