A teacher told my mother that I would never become successful, which illustrates the difficulty of long-run forecasting on inadequate data.
As far as I could tell, I was the first person anywhere in my family tree to go to university.
I preferred to use mathematics in some practical fashion and thought that meteorology sounded promising.
I think it is true to say that I am not the first Nobel Prize winner in economics to have little formal training in economics.
I wonder if economics has less basic core material than is necessary for fields such as mathematics, physics, or chemistry, say.
In 1973, I was offered a professorship at the University of California, San Diego. Although I was certainly not unhappy at Nottingham, I had been there over twenty years from starting undergraduate studies to Professor of Applied Statistics and Econometrics, and I thought that a change of scene was worth considering.