As Israel's ability to deal with external threats has improved—Iran, notwithstanding—a new, internal, threat has arisen. For over three decades, Israel has been situated on a number of unsustainable long-run domestic trajectories. Israel's rate of academic emigration is unprecedented, its education system has become the worst in the Western world, and rapidly growing population groups are disengaging themselves from Israeli society with low employment rates that are unparalleled among developed countries. On the other hand, while most Western countries are aging rapidly, Israel is young and, as the home to an immense knowledge base at the frontiers of human knowledge, its potential is enormous.
The Taub Center is an independent, non-partisan, socio-economic research institute based in Jerusalem. It provides the country's leading policy makers and the general public with a professional, evidence-based, "big picture" perspective and policy options in the economic and social spheres.
About the speaker:
Dan Ben David is the Executive Director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel and a senior faculty member of the Department of Public Policy at Tel-Aviv University. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and specializes in macroeconomics, economic growth and international trade. Dan Ben-David is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London and former Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and to the Director-General’s Office at the World Trade Organization.
In the public realm, Dan Ben-David was named “Person of the Year” in 2010 by the Calcalist newspaper. In the years 2010 and in 2012, he included among the 100 most influential people in Israel by the Haaretz-TheMarker newspaper and in 2007, the Ha’ir newspaper ranked him among the 50 most influential people in Israeli education. Academically, Dan Ben-David was ranked among the 1,000 most cited academic economists in the world and among the ten most cited economists in Israel during the years 1990-2000. He received the Tel-Aviv University Provost’s “Best Teacher Award” in Social Sciences in 2004 and was included in the Provost’s list of the University’s best teachers in 2012.