MySQL 8 introduces support for ANSI SQL recursive queries with common table expressions, a powerful method for working with recursive data references. Until now, MySQL application developers have had to use workarounds for hierarchical data relationships. It's time to write SQL queries in a more standardized way, and be compatible with other brands of SQL implementations. But as always, the bottom line is: how does it perform? This presentation will briefly describe how to use recursive queries, and then test the performance and scalability of those queries against other solutions for hierarchical queries.