Expert conference

The Working and the Poor

Poverty among working people in Israel and abroad

The conference aims at analyzing the current situation and proposing government remedies to the growing phenomenon of "Working Poor" in Israel and abroad


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.



14:00-14:15Opening Remarks

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

14:15-16:15Paper Session

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

16:15-16:30Coffee Break

16:30-17:30Keynote Lecture

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

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