Category Archives: In the media

Israel has been winning this war, for now, despite its healthcare system

Dov Chernichovsky, Chair of Taub Center’s Health Program: Israel has been doing comparatively well in the war against COVID-19. In a study done by the Taub Center for Social Policy in Israel, we had predicted that COVID-19 mortality would probably not exceed several hundred people. Simultaneously, there was a concern regarding collateral mortality that could match this figure in a year due to the long-standing weaknesses of the healthcare system that, naturally, have become more apparent during the crisis.

As Coronavirus Crisis Rages, Israel’s Treasury Slashes Program for Poor Families

A study by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies found that 42 percent of the financial benefits of the program were being used to meet household needs (including electricity and furniture), 28 percent for training and employment counseling and 10 percent toward the payment of debt. A coalition of social service and civil rights organizations called last week upon Social Services Minister Ofir Akunis to prevent the cuts.

What Israel can teach Texas about pre-K [Opinion]

Taub Center researchers found that the law resulted in increased preschool enrollment for 3- and 4-year-olds, particularly among population groups in Israel that have some of the highest rates of child poverty. For example, enrollment increased from 68 percent to 79 percent among Israel’s Arab population within the first two years of the law’s implementation.

Your Home is Not an Investment

According to data from the Taub Center, housing is more expensive in Israel than in 174 out of 175 of large American cities. Apartment prices have increased by 70-80% over the last several years, whereas wages have only risen by 20-25%.

Israeli Army men have one of the world’s highest life expectancies

Israeli men enjoy one of the world’s highest life expectancies — 80.6 years — second only to San Marino, and much greater than the worldwide average of 68.5 years, according to researchers at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies, who said the age gap could be thanks to athletically grueling, mandatory 32-month service in the Israeli Defense Forces.

How long you have to wait for medical care depends on where you live, Taub Center says

If you live in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or Haifa, the lines for medical treatment are significantly shorter than if you reside and seek help at hospitals in the North or South, according to a new study released on Monday morning by Jerusalem’s Taub Center for Social Policy Studies. This highlights the feeling in the country that the “haves” are better off in medical care than the “have-nots.”

Where are Israel’s good, honest jobs?

According to the Taub Center’s 2016 Picture of the Nation Report, where disposable income inequality is the highest in the developed world, where the cost of living relative to salaries is higher than in every OECD country except Japan, and where housing prices have skyrocketed in the last eight years, there are a lot of economically desperate people.

Living better by importing more

The many studies about Israel’s painful productivity problem were recently augmented by another study, by Eitan Regev and Gilad Brand, researchers at the Taub Center for Social Policy, who chose to study the productivity problem at the industry level. They compared productivity in each main industry in Israel to their respective peers in the 12 leading OECD nations, trying to see exactly which industries cause the Israeli productivity problem.
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6 numbers that describe Israel’s economy

Those are among the dismal conclusions of the State of the Nation report, an annual set of papers on Israel’s economy and society released last week by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies, a socioeconomic think tank. There is some good news sprinkled in, but the prognosis is mostly grim.

For Israeli politicians, poverty is someone else’s problem

The day after the publication of the government’s report, the Taub Center, an economic and social policy think tank in Jerusalem, published its annual “State of the Nation” report, which offered its own grim findings: four out of five Israeli households spend more than they earn each month, housing costs have risen 53% in real terms since 2007, and lax tax enforcement has allowed the rise of an untaxed “shadow economy” that may account for as much as 20% of the nation’s GDP.