Sitting in Metal Tubes, Thinking About How Far the Apple Falls From the Tree

I’m going to be offline for a few days, heading over to a conference in Mannheim, Germany, to present a paper on levels and changes in intergenerational inequality in Australia. The paper involves estimating father-son earnings correlations, using occupations as a proxy for earnings. I’ll talk about it more on the blog in a month or so.

There’s a certain irony in this, in that my father is also in the same occupation as me – he’s a political science professor. Moreover, because I don’t want to be away from Gweneth for too long, I’ll be spending just 28 hours in Germany – arriving on Friday morning, and departing on Saturday night. I only know one other academic who does silly things like this: my father. The worst he’s ever done is to fly from Beijing to San Francisco, arrive at 10am, present a paper at Berkeley in the afternoon, and leave for Sydney on the 10pm flight.

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4 Responses to Sitting in Metal Tubes, Thinking About How Far the Apple Falls From the Tree

  1. I just agreed to one of those three states in one day deals I thought I had left behind when I left my job as a Ministerial staffer – but nothing like this.

  2. I once worked alongside a McKinsey consultant employed in their Frankfurt office who was transferred to their Manhattan office. However, he still had some projects in Germany to finish, so he spent the first 2-3 days each week in New York, and then flew overnight to Frankfurt mid-week, to spend the remainder of the week in Germany. At this time his father, a German farmer, was not well, so our McKinsey man was spending each weekend helping out around the farm, before driving and flying back to New York each Sunday evening. He did this for 6 months! Concorde helped, of course.

  3. Sacha Blumen says:

    Ahh – Concorde! I was surprised at how cosy Concorde was when I visited one in New York (at the Aircraft carrier exhibition on the Hudson).

  4. Harry Clarke says:

    Why not look around? Why the rush? What about the other delegates?

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