The Singer Series: State of the Nation Report 2013

The Singer Series annual State of the Nation Report: Society, Economy and Policy in Israel, the Taub Center’s premier publication, gives a unique historical and international perspective on Israel’s long-run socioeconomic trajectories, highlighting their primary determinants and offering policy options.  The Report provides the Israeli public and policy makers with vantage points that are both broad and deep in highly relevant social and economic issues, with research spanning the fields of economics, education, labor, health, and social welfare, as well as various other special topics.

This year’s report focuses on several of Israel’s primary socioeconomic issues, each from a number of different perspectives.  Inequality and poverty in Israel are examined not just in terms of income but as they impact and are reflected in health and education.  The country’s elderly are looked at in terms of employment and incomes (Kimhi and Shraberman) and their levels of poverty (Ben-David and Bleikh).  The Haredi (ultra-Orthodox Jews) sector is the focus for an examination of their education levels, employment, and wages (Regev), while material hardship and coping mechanisms in this group are compared to other population groups (Stier and Lewin). Other topics covered in this volume include: health (Chernichovsky and Regev) and mental health reform (Aviram); pupils and teachers (Blass), the link between school discipline and educational achievement (Blank and Shavit), and higher education in Israel (Ben-David); women in the labor force (Stier and Herzberg); educational opportunities and employment (Bar-Haim, Blank, and Shavit); productivity (Ben-David); and a macro view of issues in the Israeli economy (Yashiv). As in past volumes, the chapters in this year’s report are written by some of Israel’s premier researchers in the social sciences.

Select quotes from the press on Taub Center research:

Jerusalem Post

“An Economic Bombshell”

Sever Plotsker, Senior Editor, Yediot Aharonot

“The economic dialogue in Israel is changing in front of our very eyes […]  Decisive evidence of this change appears in the findings of the State of the Nation Report which was published this week by the Taub Center.  In a series of in-depth, original studies, the Center’s economists report new findings on inequality and poverty in Israeli society.”

Guy Rolnik, Haaretz Deputy Publisher, TheMarker founder and Editor-in-Chief

“This past year, the Taub Center has made an impressive turnabout and has begun to examine much more significant and painful areas: those areas where if a change is really going to be made, there will need to be a confrontation with the strong factions in the economy that enjoy the current status quo.”

Yoel Esteron, Publisher, Calcalist

“The writing on the wall burns like a missile with a non-conventional warhead: if the Haredim continue to educate and be educated for a life of non-work – the State of Israel will disintegrate.”

Yaron London, TV Channel 10 evening news magazine

The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel has published its annual report, and it includes findings that I believe are no less than sensational … worse than the Iranian atom.”

Aluf Benn, Editor-in-Chief, Haaretz

“…the issue [of core curriculum, educational achievements, and how the education system is run] wasn’t even discussed ten years ago…only in recent years has it come to the popular view, thanks to the efforts of the Taub Center.”

Haviv Rettig Gur, The Times of Israel

“…Forget E1, forget about the meaningless gesture of withdrawing the British ambassador. And forget about Hamas. There is only one true existential danger Israel faces today, and it’s contained in the Taub Center’s latest report…”

Rivka Sneh, Makor Rishon

“Prof. Dan Ben-David’s research created a storm … The published numbers [on employment, education, and long-run trends] completely unnerved the public.”

Prof. Nimrod Aloni, Globes

“Prof. Dan Ben-David has provided a great service to Israeli society … with the publication of The State of the Nation Report.”

Nachum Barnea, Yediot Achronot

“A report about the state of the country recently published by the Taub Center, which researched social policy in Israel, joins the fear list. Big time.”

Asher Schechter, Haaretz-TheMarker

“The Taub Center’s new Report is disturbing, one that really shakes you up.  In a normal country, no news story would be more important than this and there would be a demand for a response from the Prime Minister while cabinet ministers would be required to show results or resign.”

Mickey Peled, Calcalist

“In the past year, it seems that Ben-David, the head of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, has succeeded in conveying his message.  His words resound in almost every major senior forum, and insights that were once the purview of economists are now the ruling axioms.”

Nehemia Strasler, Haaretz

“Away from the spotlight, an internal threat is brewing that is no less dangerous [than the national security threat], one slowly wearing the country down and placing it in danger of collapse. As summed up last week in a study led by Dan Ben-David of the Taub Center, the Zionist dream is itself under threat of extinction.”

Or Kashti, Haaretz

“The annual report of the Taub Center on the social situation in Israel, that was published last week, is one of the most thorough and important documents that I have read recently.”