1996-2008: Hebrew University; 2008-2009: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Max Weber Program for post-doctoral studies, European University Institute; 2011: Short-term Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), University of California, San Diego, USA.
I earned my Ph.D. and M.A degrees in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; I also received my B.s.c. in Mathematics and Economics from the same University.
Between the years 2013 and 2016 I acted as the head of Arab-Jewish Relations project, at the Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem. In 2011 I joined to the Department of International Economics in the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) as a senior researcher. In 2008-2009, I was a post-doctoral fellow in Economics on the Max Weber Program at the European University Institute in Florence-Italy, and in Jan-Feb 2011, I did a Short Post-Doctoral training at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at University of California, San Diego. I have considerable experience in a variety of areas in economics, and I have served as economic consultant for the World Bank, IMF and other international organizations.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University and lecturer, Department of Labor Study, Tel-Aviv University
Oxford University and Tel-Aviv University
Favourite thing to do in science: working on new ideas which serve to evaluate international policies designed for a peaceful resolution of the conflict
I am currently a Lecturer at the Department of Labor Studies in Tel-Aviv University and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. I earned my Ph.D. and M.A degrees in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; I also received my B.s.c. in Mathematics and Economics from the same University.
I am researcher from Israel, currently I live in Oxford with my wife and two sons.
My research focuses on the labour economics, economic causes and consequences of conflict, including on the economic costs of political instability and the relationship between economic shocks and conflict (focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), discrimination against ethnic minorities, economic inequality, and applied econometric.
My current project aims to examine the causal effect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the achievements of Palestinian high school students in their final exams that conclude the high school degree between the years 1998-2012, and the mechanism behind it. The analysis in the project will rely on a unique data source, which will ensure a relatively clean identification of the effects of conflict on Palestinian students’ achievements. The importance of this study derives from the notion that academic achievement is strongly associated with future income earning, mediated by university entrance as determined by high school final exam performance. Moreover, learning about the effects of conflict on high school achievements is crucial to better understand the impact of a violent conflict on the development prospects of an economy, since high-school students represent a substantial part of the future human capital of the country.
I will be happy to talk about any of these areas of my work.
My Typical Day
At the moment, writing my paper on the effect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the achievements of Palestinian high school students in their final exams that conclude the high school degree.
In a typical day for the next two years, I will spend most of the day analyzing and writing. I also spend time with my family and help my son Aodai on his school’s homework.
My typical day is a real mixture of research activities aim towards publishing a number of papers in leading journals.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, determined and Optimistic
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Finding the relationship between economic shocks and Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These results could serve to evaluate international policies designed for a peaceful resolution of the conflict both in the context of the but also in the larger context of conflict resolution.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My teachers at university.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Mathematics and Physics
What did you want to be after you left school?
I was determined to be an Economist
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was too polite student
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
Perhaps a politician
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I love Yiannis Chryssomallis’ music.
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Visiting different places around the World. e.g. Italy, Germany, UK, USA.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I would like to get my academic promotion at early age, I would like to speak more languages, and travel all around the world.
Tell us a joke.
Three econometricians went out hunting, and came across a large deer. The first econometrician fired, but missed, by a meter to the left. The second econometrician fired, but also missed, by a meter to the right. The third econometrician didn’t fire, but shouted in triumph, “We got it! We got it!”