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Modern economies are characterized by rising inequality of two groups: skilled and unskilled workers. While the vast majority of unskilled workers receive the minimum wage as stipulated by law, most of them fall short of the poverty line. Consequently governments intervene through wage subsidies such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and active labor market programs. Despite government effort to cope with this issue there is a growing number of Working Poor households both in Israel and abroad. In this conference we aim at analyzing the current situation and proposing government remedies to the Working Poor phenomenon.
Prof. Michel Strawczynski, Head of Economics and Society Program, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Hebrew University, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy.
Dr. Michael Borchard, Director, Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung, Israel
Chair: Prof. Leah Achdut, Economics and Society Program, Head of Department of Economics and Management at The Ruppin Academic Center,
Poverty, Part-time Work and the Earned Income Tax Credit
Prof. Michel Strawczynski
Prof. Leah Achdut
Mrs. Miri Endeweld, National Insurance Institute and The Hebrew University
Child allowances and human capital accumulation: the case of Israel
Mr. Shai Tsur, Bank of Israel; Tel Aviv University
Chair: Prof. Leah Achdut
“The Impact of Labor Market Reforms on the Working Poor”
Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb, Professor for international public economics, Freie Universität, Berlin
Can the labor market be the only medicine for the poor? Insights from Israel and Abroad
Chair: Prof. Avia Spivak, Senior Research Fellow, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Ben Gurion University, Department of Economics.
Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb, Freie Universität, Berlin
Dr. Sami Miaari, Israel Institute for Democracy; Tel Aviv University
Mr. Yoel Naveh, Chief Economist, Israeli Ministry of Finance
Senior Israeli Politician
- The Conference will be held in Hebrew with simultaneous translation to English