Carl Christ—Eminent Yet Sensible Econometrician and Mentor Supremo

I transferred to the Department of Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University in 1966 to continue my work for the Ph.D. degree, which Hopkins awarded me in 1968. During my two years at Hopkins, I never took a course from Carl Christ, a highly regarded econometrician and macroeconomist there. Yet Carl turned out to have a critical effect on my career as an economist because—strange to say—he was not only a sound economist and econometric pioneer, but a very, very nice guy.
What Carl knew about me as a grad student at Hopkins and what I knew about him as a

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