• PHONE: 617-353-4299
  • EMAIL:  skahn@bu.edu
  • WEBSITE: sites.bu.edu/shulamitkahn/
  • OFFICE: 518C
  • OFFICE HOURS: By Appointment
  • ADDRESS: BOSTON UNIVERSITY
    Questrom School of Business
    Rafik B. Hariri Building
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

PROFILE SUMMARY

Shulamit Kahn has been at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business 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.  One stream of her recent and ongoing research studies careers of scientists.  This includes work  is on gender differences in academic sciences (biomedicine, economics, social sciences, etc.), the impact of postdocs on scientific careers, how engineering careers develop, and more.  Much of this work has been funded by National Institutes of health..

In a second stream of current research related to science, Professor Kahn is studying the contributions of foreign Ph.D. students to global knowledge creation and diffusion, entrepreneurship and innovation. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation.

She is currently teaching primarily undergraduates and is coordinator for a core Questrom course on statistics/economics, and chair of the Questrom School Faculty Policy Committee.  Her favorite civic engagement  is as Chair of the Board of Trustees for a Vocational School in Kenya.

 

  • EDUCATION Open or Close

    PH D, MIT, Economics, 1983.

  • PUBLICATIONSOpen or Close

    JOURNAL ARTICLES:

      Kahn, S., Ginther, D., & Schaffer, W. (2016). Gender, Race, Ethnicity and NIH R01 Research Awards: Is There Evidence of a Double Bind?. Academic Medicine, 91(8), 1304-1322.
      See Publication Online

      Kahn, S., & MacGarvie, M. (2016). Do Return Requirements Increase International Knowledge Diffusion? Evidence from the Fulbright Program. Research Policy, 45(6), 1304–1322.

      Kahn, S., & MacGarvie, M. (2016). How Important is U.S. Location for Research in Science?. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 98(2), 397–414.

      Kahn, S., & Ginther, D. (2015). Are Recent Cohorts of Women with Engineering Bachelors Less Likely to Stay in Engineering?. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(1144),
      See Publication Online

      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., & Lang, K. (1998). The Effect of Minimum Wage Laws on the Distribution of Employment: Theory and Evidence. Journal of Public Economics, 69(1), 67-82.

      Kahn, S. (1997). Evidence of Nominal Wage-Stickiness from Microdata. The American Economic Review, LXXXVII(5), 993-1008.

      Kahn, S., & Lang, K. (1996). Hours Constraints and the Wage/Hours Locus. Canadian Journal of Economics, XXIX, S71-S75.

      Kahn, S., & Ginther, D. (Accepted). The impact of postdoctoral training on early careers in Biomedicine. Nature Biotechnology, 35(1), 90-94.
      See Publication Online

      Kahn, S., & Ginther, D. Gender Differences in Employment and Salaries in Biomedical Careers.
      See Publication Online

      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. Misfits, Stars and Immigrant Entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics,

    BOOK CHAPTERS:

      Kahn, S., Ginther, D., & McCloskey, J. (2016). Gender and Academics, in New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Online Edition, Steven Durlauf and Lawrence Blume, (Online Edition). : Palgrave Macmillan.
      See Publication Online

      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:

      Ginther, D., & Kahn, S. (2015). Comment on "Expectations of Brilliance Underlie Gender Distributions Across Academic Disciplines".349(6246), 391.: Science.
      See Publication Online

      Kahn, S., Ceci, S., Ginther, D., & Williams, W. (2015). Women in Science: The Path to Progress. 32-39.: Scientific American Mind.

      Kahn, S., Ceci, S., Ginther, D., & William, W. (2014). Do Women Earn Less Than Men in STEM Fields?.(online Dec 18 2014), : scientificamerican.com.

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

  • CONTRACTS, GRANTS AND SPONSORED RESEARCHOpen or Close

    Collaborative Research: Understanding gender differences in STEM academic careers, National Science Foundation. (September 15, 2015 - August 1, 2018).

    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. (Presenter & Author), Ginther, D. (Author Only), & Schaffer, W. (Author Only). Conference on Evidence-Based Innovations to Support Women in Biomedical Careers, Gender, Race, Ethnicity and NIH R01 Research Awards: Is There Evidence of a Double-Bind for Women of Color?, National Institutes of Health, Washington DC. (June 6, 2016).

      Kahn, S. (Author Only), & Ginther, D. (Presenter & Author). National Academy of Engineering Convocation of Professional Engineering Societies, The Engineering Education-Workforce Continuum, National Academy of Engineering, Washington DC. (April 18, 2016).

      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).

  • GENERAL SERVICEOpen or Close

    SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL:

      International, Public/Community, Board of Directors of a Company, Jitegemee. (September 1, 2005 - Present).
      Currently Chair, previously Trustee of Active Board of Trustees of Kenyan vocational program. Spearhead fundraising; write grants; develop strategy; etc.


  • 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


  • MEDIA MENTIONS/INTERVIEWSOpen or Close

    IN PRINT

      2016 Life Sciences Salary Survey: Most researchers feel stimulated by their work but are dissatisfied with their compensation, according to this year’s results., 11/1/2016, The Scientist (LabX Media Group). See Web Page

      Economics: a discipline in need of diversity: The Undercover Economist, 11/12/2016, The Financial Times. See Web Page

      Low math confidence discourages female students from pursuing STEM disciplines, 7/22/2016, Science. See Web Page

      Why women earn less: Just two factors explain post-PhD pay gap, 5/20/2016, Nature. See Web Page

    ONLINE

      Job-Seeking Ph.D. Holders Look to Life Outside School; New doctorate holders are grappling with dwindling employment prospects within the academy, 6/14/2016, Wall Street Journal (Online). See Web Page