December 2012 Bulletin

The articles in this edition of the Bulletin focus on some of the “hot” topics in Israel in recent years.

Michael Shalev’s research on the young middle class reveals striking findings regarding some of the underlying reasons for the wide-spread summer protests of 2011. When Israelis talk about high prices, the cost of gasoline is right up there; and in contrast to the government’s claim that oil price hikes caused the steep increase in prices over the past four years, it turns out that tax increases are the primary culprit. Eran Yashiv finds that the new and more complete labor force surveys indicate that unemployment among Arabs is much greater than what had been known until recently. All of these issues and much more are covered in considerably more detail in the TaubCenter’s Singer Annual Report Series State of the Nation Report 2011-2012.