Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel announces the appointment of Prof. Avi Weiss as new Executive Director of the Center

The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Avi Weiss, former Chief Economist of the Israel Antitrust Authority, from the Department of Economics at Bar-Ilan University as Executive Director of the Taub Center.

Prof. Weiss holds a doctoral degree from the University of Chicago. He has presided as a member of the senior faculty of Bar-Ilan University since 1988 and served as Chair of the Economics Department between 2005 and 2008. His area of expertise is Applied Economics and his research focuses on industrial organization, antitrust, labor economics, law and economics, and behavioral and experimental economics. Weiss is the editor of The Economic Quarterly – the journal of the Israel Economic Association – and as the associate editor of Economic Inquiry. In the public domain, Prof. Weiss served as Chief Economist and Deputy Director of the Israel Antitrust Authority between 2003-2005; was a member of the Anti-Dumping Commission of the Ministry of Industry and Trade between 1999-2003; served as a member of the Subcommittee on the Cost of Living and Competition of the Trajtenberg Commission on Social and Economic Change; and acted as a consulting member of the Bachar Intra-Agency Committee for Reform of the Financial Sector. Today he is a member of the Competition Task Force of Israel’s Grand Strategy Forum. Prof. Weiss has been a research fellow at IZA (a labor market research center) in Germany since 2000. Throughout his academic career, Weiss has published more than forty articles in refereed journals and professional books.

Prof. Weiss was selected following a thorough search process conducted by a specialized search committee, with the aid of unbiased professionals from the field. He will be serving as the Center’s fourth executive director since its establishment in 1982. The Taub Center would like to thank Acting Director Dr. Zvi Feine for his service during this period of transition.

Weiss is happy to be joining and leading the senior research staff of the Taub Center – Prof. Dov Chernichovsky, Prof. Yossi Shavit and Nachum Blass – and the experienced and skilled research team in conducting social and economic research for the sake of the State of Israel’s future. In his words, “I am very excited to be joining and leading such a skilled and professional staff, who are the reason the Taub Center and its research are at the heart of Israel’s public conversation. I will work tirelessly to enable the Taub Center to continue advancing the public discourse in a wide array of social and economic subjects through the production and presentation of in-depth and unbiased research findings to the general public. Under my leadership, our goal will be to present both positive findings and findings that present challenges to Israel’s public policies, to explore policy alternatives for those currently in place and to recommend to policy-makers changes that can help them continue to lead the country in the desired directions.”

The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel is an independent, non-partisan institution for socioeconomic research based in Jerusalem. The Center provides decision makers, as well as the public in general, with a big picture perspective on economic and social areas. The Center’s interdisciplinary Policy Programs – comprising leading academic and policy making experts – as well as the Center’s professional staff conduct research and provide policy recommendations in the key socioeconomic issues confronting the State.

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