The Top Ten Things You Should Know About Israel
Author: Taub Center Staff

Taub Center's 2015 Research in Review

TOP TEN FINAL

1. Your job might be replaced by a computer in two decades
About 40% of employment in Israel is in high-risk professions, considered in great danger of becoming computerized over the next two decades.

2. Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel report better health than other groups in Israel
Approximately 74% of Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox Jews) in Israel describe their health as very good, compared to just 50% of individuals from other groups.

3. The younger generation of Ethiopian Israelis are more educated
Only 36% of Ethiopian Israelis who moved to Israel above age 12 have a high school education, whereas the rate of high school graduates among those Ethiopians raised in Israel is about 90% – a similar rate to that of the non-Ethiopian Jewish population in Israel.

4. Young Israeli women are more educated than men
Almost half of young Jewish women in Israel have a university education, compared with only 42% of men; about 21% of young Arab Israeli women have a university education, compared to 18% of Arab Israeli men. 

5. The distribution of the budget for mental healthcare services in Israel has shifted over time
Between 1999 and 2013, the government budget for inpatient psychiatric care went down from 80% to 59% of the total mental healthcare budget, while the budget for rehabilitation services rose sharply, from 2% to 25% of the overall budget.

6. Studying math at a higher level might help you later in life
Even when controlling for other factors, students who completed 5 units of math (the highest possible) in their bagrut (matriculation) exams tended to earn higher hourly wages and have higher monthly income than those who took lower levels. 

7. Early childcare in Israel has more resources than before
Daycare for infants and toddlers was the subject of lengthy discussion in the Trajtenberg Committee that was established following the 2011 social protests. The budget for the infant and toddler daycare division within the Ministry of Economy increased by 57% between 2010 and 2014. In 2014, the expenditure in this area came to more than one billion NIS.

 8. Arab Israeli pharmacists integrate well into the Israeli workforce
Work relations and daily interactions between Jewish and Arab Israeli pharmacists are described as positive and even lead to social connections and the lessening of prejudices.

9. The standard of living for Israeli households increased between 2003 and 2011
While real wages have stagnated since the beginning of the millennium, the number of wage earners in Israeli households has gone up, which has led to an overall increase in standard of living as measured by GDP per capita.

10. Young adults are taking longer to transition into independent living
In 2011, 58% of singles aged 22-28 lived with their parents, compared with 52% six years earlier.