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UCLA Anderson senior economist's greatest extravagance? Scuba gear

Jerry Nickelsburg
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Before turning to a serious discussion on whether globalization only benefits the wealthy elite, UCLA Anderson senior economist Jerry Nickelsburg answered some playful questions in Zócalo's green room.

Jerry Nickelsburg is a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast and an adjunct professor of economics at UCLA Anderson School. Before joining a Zócalo/UCLA panel discussion in Los Angeles asking “Does globalization only serve elites?” on March 15 at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo, Nickelsburg did a lighthearted interview in the Zócalo green room about fish soup in Myanmar, Ernest Hemingway and the extravagance of scuba diving.

Recently, you’ve been spending a lot of time in Myanmar. What’s the best thing you’ve eaten there?

Their national dish is called mohinga, and that was quite good. It’s a sort of a soup with noodles and fish.

Who is the one person, living or dead, you would most like to meet?

Two come to mind: Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus.

If you didn’t live in the U.S., what country would you want to live in?

There are a number that I really like. But I almost moved to Peru once, so let’s say Peru.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Scuba gear.

What’s the best place you’ve ever gone scuba diving?

Oh there are many. The (shipwrecked) Andrea Doria and Empress of Ireland. Sipadan, Truk Lagoon.

What are you reading right now?

I just started a book called "Address Unknown" by Kathrine Kressman Taylor.

If you could live in any time — past, present or future — when would it be and why?

The 1920s. It was an intellectually incredibly fruitful time. And, of course, I’d live in Paris.

What comforts you?


What five words best describe you?

I don’t describe myself. I do that to other people.

What superpower would you most like to have?

I have no idea.

What’s your TV-watching guilty pleasure?

"Game of Thrones."

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