Asymetric Information (AI) recently visited Julia Crouch, who was awarded life membership of the Association at the last AGM. She is living in semi-rural comfort with husband Bill and a prize-winning border collie, not to mention the sheep.
The award was given in acknowledgement of her significant input over many years, with long service as treasurer of the Association. She was also instrumental in setting up the Education Trust.
Coming from an economic history background, she is a firm believer in economics as a social science, with the study of economics requiring an education, rather than training. Although, or perhaps because, she spent many years working with data, she thinks that researchers should look behind the numbers to help in their interpretation – something that was sometimes forgotten in the years when econometrics was heavily emphasized.
AI wishes Julia many more years of happy retirement, and hopes to see her at future NZAE conferences.