• Phone: 617-353-4299
  • E-Mail:  skahn@bu.edu
  • Website: http://management.bu.edu
  • Office: 518C
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University School of Management
    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., (2012). Gender Differences in Academic Promotion and Mobility at a Major Australian University. Economic Record, 88(282), .

    Book Chapters:

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


      Kahn, S., MacGarvie, M., (2012). 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). "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.


      Ginther, D., Kahn, S., (Accepted). 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.


    Working Papers:

      Kahn, S., Ginther, D., Are Postdocs Indispensible for Biomedical Research Careers?.

      Kahn, S., MacGarvie, M., Do Return Requirements Increase International Knowledge Diffusion? Evidence from the Fulbright Program.

      Kahn, S., MacGarvie, M., LaMattina, G., Ginther, D., Hobos, Stars and Immigrant Entrepreneurship.

      Kahn, S., Ceci, S., Ginther, D., Williams, W., Women in Academic Science: Explaining the Gap. : Psychological Science in the Public Interest.


    Other Publications:

      Kahn, S., Ginther, D., Gender Differences in Employment and Salaries in Biomedical Careers.

      Kahn, S., Ginther, D., The Impact of Postdocs on Gender Differences in Academic Careers in Biomedical Science.

  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored ResearchOpen or Close

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

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      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), 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:

      School of Management, Faculty Policy or Development, FPC Chair. (September 2013 - Present).
      Review and give advice about all SMG policy changes being proposed that affect the faculty or curriculum. Also, identify and initiate faculty policy changes.


      International, Public/Community, Other Role, Jitegemee. (September 2005 - Present).
      Member of Active Board of Directors of Kenyan vocational Program. Spearhead fundraising; write grants; develop strategy; etc.


      Boston University, Undergraduate Program, Course Coordinator, SM222 Modeling Business Decisions. (January 2011 - Present).
      This is both a service and teaching responsibility. Responsibilities include staffing with faculty and TAs, coordinating teaching staff, heavily editing 200 page printed classnotes that we as a teaching team have prepared, preparing weekly problem sets and problem set answers as well as writing and/or heavily editing tests,finding rooms for tests, etc. I do this one semester a year, Prof M. MacGarvie the other semester.


      Boston University, Committee Member, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Education Advisory Committee. (September 2010 - Present).
      Mentor/Facilitator for RCR Sessions for BU Graduate Students; Attend meetings of Committee to help design and implement Education program for Ethical Conduct or Research.


      Boston University, Committee Member, Faculty Council/University Council Budget Committee . (April 2011 - October 2013).
      Attended meetings of Faculty Council Budget Committee and University Council Budget Committee in 2013 and previously.


    Service to the Profession:

      International, Professional, Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, American Association of University Women (AAUW). (January 21, 2011 - Present).
      Reviewed more than 30 applications for AAUW International Fellowships Program each year; Coordinated with others on ranking and awards.


      International, Professional, Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, National Institutues of Health . (March 6, 2013 - March 26, ).
      Was a member of a review Panel at the NIH on March 26, 2012. Read, summarized, and scored grant applications then met with committee at NIH in DC to score grants.


  • ConsultingOpen or Close

    Academic, National Academies of Science, Washington D.C. (January 14, 2014 - Present).

    Analyzing data on careers of engineering majors to help understand and plan future national supply of engineers.


  • Editorial And Review ActivitiesOpen or Close

    Kahn, S., American Economic Journal -- Applied Economics, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Abstracts, International, One-Time Editorship (Edited One Issue, Edition, Etc.). (February 9, 2014 - Present).

    refereeing article for possible publication