Academic journal article Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Hans Theil: Historian

Academic journal article Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Hans Theil: Historian

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Hans Theil came to Florida as an Eminent Scholar in 1981. At the time, I had just completed my Ph.D. in agricultural economics with a specialization in econometrics at the University of Florida and had joined the faculty of the Food and Resource Economics Department as a green assistant professor. As one can imagine, being a young faculty member who had spent several years studying econometrics, Hans' arrival seemed a bit like a "second coming." Of course the big thing was how to meet this guy, much less explore the possibility of working with him. Fortunately, I did get to meet him, and we even wrote a few papers together. While I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to publish with Hans, my most vivid recollections of him actually have little to do with econometrics, but rather some of his personal qualities and interests.

From the first time I met Hans Theil, I was always taken by how warm, open, and down to earth he was with so many people. This was HENRI THEIL, and he was just like a regular guy! Hans was always upbeat, smiling, and concerned about how people were doing. He was even a bit of a football fan, which was not all that easy at the University of Florida in the 1980s. No matter how busy he was, and he was plenty busy, he always had time for people. …

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