• Phone: 617-353-4299
  • E-Mail:  skahn@bu.edu
  • Website: http://management.bu.edu
  • Office: 518C
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University Questrom School of Business
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

Shulamit Kahn has been at Boston University’s School of Management since 1987. She received her Ph.D. from MIT in Economics in 1983, and taught at the University of California, Irvine in the intervening years. Her specialty is labor economics and human resources. Her recent and ongoing research revolves around two major topics. The first is the careers of male and female academics in science. Her present work in this area [joint with Donna Ginther] concentrates on academic careers in biomedicine and is being funded by National Institute on Aging of the NIH.

In another stream of current research joint with Megan MacGarvie , Professor Kahn is studying the contributions of foreign Ph.D. students to global knowledge creation and diffusion, entrepreneurship and innovation. This work, funded by the National Science Foundation, has been presented at universities and conferences around the world.

As part of her recent service to the University, she served on the BU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee and the BU Law School Dean Search Committee. In service related to women in academia, she sat on the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, was Chair of the Boston University Faculty Council’s Committee on Diversity, and was a co-author of “Major Findings of the 2006 Survey on Equity and Diversity at Boston University.”

She is currently teaching primarily undergraduates and is coordinator for a core SMG course on statistics/economics

  • Education Open or Close

    Ph D, MIT, Economics, 1983.

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      Kahn, S., & Ginther, D. (2015). Comment on "Expectations of Brilliance Underie Gender Distributions Across Academic Disciplines. Science, 349(6246), 391-3. Washington.
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      Kahn, S., & Ginther, D. (2015). Are Recent Cohorts of Women with Engineering Bachelors Less Likely to Stay in Engineering?. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(1144 ), .
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      Kahn, S., Ceci, S., Ginther, D., & Williams, W. (2014). Women in Academic Science: A Changing Landscape. Psychological Science in the Public Interest , 15(3), 75-141.

      Kahn, S. (2012). Gender Differences in Academic Promotion and Mobility at a Major Australian University. Economic Record, 88(282), .

      Kahn, S., & Ginther, D. K. (2004). Women in Economics: Moving Up for Falling Off the Academic Career Ladder?. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 18(3), .

      Kahn, S., & MacGarvie, M. (Accepted). How Important is U.S. Location for Research in Science?. Review of Economics and Statistics,
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      Kahn, S., & MacGarvie, M. Do Return Requirements Increase International Knowledge Diffusion? Evidence from the Fulbright Program. Research Policy,

      Kahn, S., & Ginther, D. Gender Differences in Employment and Salaries in Biomedical Careers.
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      Kahn, S., Ginther, D., & Schaffer, W. Gender, Race, Ethnicity and NIH R01 Research Awards: Is There Evidence of a Double Bind?”. Academic Medicine,

      Kahn, S., LaMattina, G., & MacGarvie, M. Hobos, Stars and Immigrant Entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics,

      Kahn, S., & Ginther, D. The Postdoc Rat Race.
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    Book Chapters:

      Ginther, D., & Kahn, S. (2014). in Women's Careers in Academic Social Science: Progress, Pitfalls and Plateaus. Cambridge: Alessandro Lanteri and Jack Vromen, eds. The Economics of Economists -- Institutional Settings, Individual Incentives, and Future Prospects. Cambridge University Press.

      Ginther, D., & Kahn, S. (2013). in Education and Academic Career Outcomes for Women of Color in Science and Engineering Washington: Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia - A Conference Volume. National Academy Press..

      Kahn, S., & MacGarvie, M. (2012). in The Effects of the Foreign Fulbright Program on Knowledge Creation. NBER 50th Anniversary Conference Volume on the Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp 161-197.

      Kahn, S., & Ginther, D. (2009). in "Does Science Promote Women? Evidence from Academia 1973-2001" Science and Engineering Careers in the United States Chicago, IL: Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press for NBER, pp pg. 163-195.

    Other Publications:

      Kahn, S., Ceci, S., Ginther, D., & Williams, W. (2015). Women in Science: The Path to Progress.: Scientific American Mind.

      Kahn, S., Ceci, S., Ginther, D., & William, W. (2014). Do Women Earn Less Than Men in STEM Fields?.: scientificamerican.com.

      Kahn, S. (2009). A Proposal to Improve our Understanding of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Using the Science and Engineers Statistical Data System.” [joint with Donna Ginther] Proceeds of the 2008 Kauffman Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Data 2008. See http://www.kauffman.org/research-and-policy/data/2008data.aspx. Kansas: Proceedings of the Kauffman Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Data.

      Kahn, S., & Ginther, D. (Accepted). The Engineering Education-Workforce Continuum.

  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored ResearchOpen or Close

    Collaborative Research: Understanding gender differences in STEM academic careers, National Science Foundation. (September 15, 2015 - Present).

    Economic Explanations for Gender Differences in Biomedical Careers, National Institutes of Health. (September 15, 2009 - August 31, 2015).

    National Science Foundation Grant SBE-0738371: “Collaborative Research MOD: Contributions of Foreign Students to Knowledge Creation and Diffusion”, National Science Foundation. (December 1, 2007 - November 30, 2011).

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      Kahn, S. (Presenter & Author). 7th European Gender Summit, The Unequal Distribution of Women in Science Careers, Gender Summit, Berlin Germany. (November 7, 2015).

      Kahn, S. (Presenter & Author). Annual Chinese Women Economists Workshop, Women in the Economics Profession in the USA, Association of Chinese Women Economists, Beijing China. (June 13, 2015).

      Kahn, S. (Discussant). Shanghai Applied Economics Workshop, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai China. (June 6, 2015).

      Kahn, S. (Presenter & Author), Ginther, D. (Author Only), Ceci, S. (Author Only), Williams, W. (Author Only), Kahn, S. (Presenter & Author), Ginther, D. (Author Only), Ceci, S. (Author Only), & Williams, W. (Author Only). Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Board Meeting, The Changing Landscape for Women in Academic math and Science, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley CA. (February 7, 2015).

      Kahn, S. (Presenter & Author), & Ginther, D. (Presenter & Author). the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Understanding the Engineering-Education Workforce Continuum Workshop on Pathways for Engineering Talent, The Engineering Education-Workforce Continuum, NAS: National Academic of Engineering, Washington DC. (November 19, 2014).

      Kahn, S. (Panelist). Work Family Researchers Network Conference, Research Partnership on Women’s Careers in Science: A Panel Discussion on Dissemination and Collaboration, Work and Family Researchers Network, New York. (June 19, 2014).

      Kahn, S. (Author Only). Careers of Engineering PhD Women in the US 1980-2010: Equal treatment? Equal choices?, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. (March 10, 2013).

      Kahn, S. (Presenter and Author). NIH Causal Factors and Interventions Workshop, Women in Biomedicine: Jobs and Salaries, National Institutes of Health, NIH Washington DC. (November 8, 2012).

      Ginther, D. (Presenter and Author), & Kahn, S. (Presenter and Author). Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia, Education and Academic Career Outcomes for Women of Color in Science and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC. (June 7, 2012).

    Accepted Lectures:

      Kahn, S. (Author Only), & Ginther, D. (Presenter & Author). APPAM Annual Meetings, Good Moves: Good Moves: Gender and Race Differences in Academic Mobility in the Sciences and Social Sciences, APPAM (Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management), Miami. (November 12, 2015).

      Kahn, S. (Presenter & Author), & Ginther, D. (Author Only). Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual meetings, Gender Differences in the Careers of Engineers, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Albuquerque NM. (November 7, 2014).

      Kahn, S. (Presenter & Author). Allied Social Science Association Annual Meetings., Postdoctoral Training and the Career Outcomes if Biomedical PhDs, American Economic Association, Philadelphia. (January 3, 2014).

      Kahn, S. (Presenter and Author), & MacGarvie, M. (Author Only). BU/BC Green Line Labor Economics Meetings, Do Return Requirements Increase International Knowledge Diffusion? Evidence from the Fulbright Program, BU/BC Departments of Economics, Boston College. (November 30, 2012).

      Kahn, S. (Presenter and Author), LaMattina, G. (Author Only), MacGarvie, M. (Author Only), & Ginther, D. (Author Only). Society of Labor Economics Annual Meetings, Hobos, Stars and Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Society of Labor Economics. (May 5, 2012).

  • Editorial And Review ActivitiesOpen or Close

    Kahn, S., Ceci, S., & Wendy, W. Frontiers in Psychology, Associate Editor, International, One-Time Editorship (Edited One Issue, Edition, Etc.), Appointed, Academic. (March 10, 2014 - December 2015).

    Invited and reviewed articles for special edition