PresentatieMrGetting the first academic job at Wellesley College was important, of course.  Before that I got a kick out of being offered a scholarship at Duke University while I happened to be in the bathroom with the graduate director.  Getting my first book published- Conversations with Economists--, reading reviews in The New York Times, Business Week and Fortune, and hearing people talking about the book at conferences and even on the street in New York City, all that was certainly a highlight.  I was very proud at the opening of Academia Vitae, a university that I had conceived and for which I had worked very hard.  Having to close it down was one of the lowest points of my career. There were other disappointments, of course, but I really enjoy being able to converse with interested and interesting graduate students and with colleagues and friends such as Deirdre McCloskey. It is also a good thing to be part of societal and political discussions in the Netherlands.  Being the president elect of the association of cultural economics gives me the chance to promote the field in Asia and Latin America.