Children create a marked divergence between men and women. For science as a whole, the presence of a pre-kindergarten aged child lowers women’s likelihood of having a tenure track job by 8.1 percent. The presence of a grade school child has no effect. In contrast, for men, pre-kindergarten children have no effect on their likelihood of having a tenure track job while each child above six years old increases a man’s probability of getting a tenure track job by 2.9 percent.
Thanks to Tyler Cowen for the pointer. He mentions his respect for Kahn, who I have not seen in over 25 years--she and I entered MIT graduate school the same year. I remember after several us got together at the apartment that Bob McDonald and I shared, Shu and I had a long talk about how depressed we were.
This reminds me of a couple of things. One is that first-year students had to work together--the problem sets were too hard to tackle for an individual. Also, at one point or another, everyone got depressed and felt like quitting. Over the years, I don't think that the mathematical hazing ritual known as economics grad school has changed all that much.