Poverty and income inequality are inexorably linked to a country’s rate of economic growth. The Economic Policy Program examines these issues from both short- and long-run perspectives as well as within an international context, highlighting factors that underlie the directions and slopes of Israel’s long-run socioeconomic trajectories. Research in this area addresses such issues as productivity; human and physical capital infrastructures; government spending, priorities and transparency; cost of living; shadow economy; and credit markets.
The Economic Policy Program Fellows include leading academic researchers, former senior-level cabinet ministry officials – including former Directors-Generals of the Finance Ministry – and top professionals from the Bank of Israel and the Central Bureau of Statistics. Some Taub Center Fellows have gone on to senior positions within the government, as is the case with the current Governor of the Bank of Israel.