Eitan Regev /
Senior Researcher

Eitan is a senior researcher at the Taub Center and a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics at Hebrew University.

 

Eitan received his Master’s degree in economics (in the research track) with honors from Hebrew University. He received his Bachelor’s degree, also from Hebrew University, with a double major in economics and international relations.

 

Prior to joining the Taub Center, Eitan worked as an economist in several government offices, including the Ministry of Health’s budget division.

 

Eitan’s research encompasses a variety of fields, including labor productivity, the Haredi economy, the cost of living, food insecurity, and the Israeli health system. In the years 2011-2014 he co-authored the health chapter in the Taub center’s State of the Nation Report. In 2013 Eitan published a seminal paper about education and employment in the Haredi sector, for which he developed a new and more accurate method of identifying the Haredi population in datasets. In 2014 he published a follow-up research paper that analyzed the economic conduct of Haredi households in Israel, and the sources of their incomes. Eitan recently published, together with Gilad Brand, a breakthrough study of labor productivity in Israel, which succeeded, for the first time, to identify the predominant industries that are responsible for the large productivity gaps between Israel and the OECD and the widening of those gaps over time.

 

Eitan represents the Taub Center in various forums and presents the Center’s research to a variety of audiences (including Knesset committees and numerous government bureaus), as well as in newspaper, television and radio interviews.

 

Eitan’s PhD dissertation investigates the impact of changing economic incentives (such as the negative income tax) on the scope of employment among different population groups, given their different preferences regarding consumption and leisure time.