Israel’s Unique Demography – Implications and Planning for the Future

Date: October 19, 2020 / 9.:00-14:00 /

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With its high overall population growth, high fertility, and rapidly aging population, Israel is an outlier among developed countries. Our main goal in this conference is to draw attention to another important aspect of Israeli demography that, in conjunction with high population growth, has important implications for the country’s future and, more specifically, for public policy – Israel’s age structure. There is great significance both to the absolute size of the various population groups in Israeli society and to differences in the population structure within these groups. The lectures in the conference’s first session will focus on the standard age structure in developed countries and Israel’s deviation from those standards. The later panels will focus on the impact of Israel’s unique population structure on its economy and labor market, health system and education system, with specific attention to different age groups.

October 19, 2020 via Zoom and live on the Taub Center Facebook page

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Helen Abeles, Chair of the Board, Taub Center

Suzie Patt Benvenisti, Director General, Taub Center


First Session: Guest Lectures

Prof. Herb Smith, University of Pennsylvania

Prof. Ron Lee, University of California, Berkeley

Discussion, led by Prof. Alex Weinreb, Research Director, Taub Center; University of Texas


Second Session: Strategic Planning for the Future


Chair: Nachum Blass, Head of Education Policy Program, Taub Center


Moti Taubin, Head of the Strategy Unit, Ministry of Education

Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of The Israel Council for Higher Education


Chair: Prof. Avi Weiss, President, Taub Center; Department of Economics, Bar Ilan University

Prof. Michel Stravchinsky, Director of the Research Department, Bank of Israel

Einav Aharoni-Yonas, CEO, JDC-Tevet


Chair: Prof. Dov Chernichovsky, Head of Health Policy Program, Taub Center; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Prof. Rachel Berner Shalem, Deputy Director of Strategy, Ministry of Health

Prof. Yitzhak Brick, Department of Gerontology, University of Haifa


Closing Remarks

Prof. Avi Weiss, President, Taub Center; Department of Economics, Bar Ilan University


The conference will be conducted in Hebrew and English with simultaneous translation