Kids might be the ultimate efficiency hack, according to a working paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
It may seem counterintuitive, but a compilation of research by nearly 10,000 economists shows that over a 30-year career, mothers outperform childless workers at nearly every step of the way.
This is true despite drops in productivity while moms raise toddlers, compared to those with no children. But the mothers make up for that dip in productivity by being hyperproductive before having children and again when their kids are older.
— Adapted from “The ultimate efficiency hack: Have kids,” Jenny Anderson, Quartz.