Growth and/or Inequality? Preparing for the Future

Date: November 14, 2019 / 8:30 am - 4:30 pm / Heinrich Heine St., Jerusalem


The Herbert M. Singer International Annual Conference

Growth and/or Inequality?
Preparing for the Future

Thursday, November 14, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem


Prof. David Weil
Professor of Economics, Brown University

Prof. Janet Gornick
Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Graduate Center – CUNY

And additional speakers, including policy makers and leading experts

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The relationship between growth and inequality is not always clear. Does economic growth lead to greater income inequality, or are its rewards shared by everyone? Does income inequality undermine economic growth, or is it essential to enhance development?

While the Taub Center carries out research on both growth and inequality in Israel, it is not always clear how these interact, and what the policy implications are. To address this, the Taub Center 2019 Singer Conference will focus on the relationship between economic growth and income inequality, both internationally and in the Israeli context.

The conference will begin with a keynote speech delivered by Prof. David Weil, who will provide an overview of the issues at hand.  A second keynote from Prof. Janet Gornick will give us insight into how to understand and measure inequality in developed countries.

We will then delve into the situation in Israel, looking at two distinct areas where the issues of economic growth and inequality both come into play.  First, we will consider the future labor market. Will it promote greater economic growth for Israel? Is there a risk that it will also lead to greater income inequality, with people of certain occupations and skill levels left behind?

Then, we will turn to the education system, a key mechanism for developing the human capital of the future. How can the education system promote economic growth while at the same time helping to reduce income inequality? Is Israel’s education system prepared to tackle these twin challenges?

We expect that the conference will provide participants with a better understanding of the interplay between these two issues that are so central to the social and economic fabric of the country, while also gaining an understanding of the risks and opportunities that lie ahead.

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Space is limited, advanced registration required

The conference will be conducted in Hebrew and English, with simultaneous translation

The venue is accessible for people with disabilities. If you have special needs (e.g., audio or visual assistance, a seat near the door, a nursing room, etc.), please write your requirements in this form and we will contact you to discuss your needs, or call us at 02-567-1818. Kindly submit accommodation requests at least 2 weeks in advance of the conference.