A key factor linking productivity, poverty and inequality is the labor market. Individuals’ employment prospects and wages are a primary determinant of the extent of economic integration within a country and the country’s standard of living. The Labor Policy Program examines the functioning of labor markets, with a focus on areas such as employment, compensation and income gaps. Specific topics include female labor force participation; Haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) in the labor force; elderly and other groups on the basis of age, religion and other characteristics; occupational choice; pensions; wages, earnings inequality and job mobility; employment discrimination; and the relationship between education and labor market achievements.
Labor Policy Program Fellows include leading academic researchers from a variety of disciplines such as economics, sociology and labor studies, top professionals from the Bank of Israel, and specialists from the non-profit and private sectors.