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Visiting Associate Professor, National School of Development, Peking University



Courses Taught

Intermediate Macroeconomics (BA)

International Finance (BA)

Paper Writing (PhD)


Research Interests

FDI spillovers, labor mobility, growth and saving, relative utility, discipline and education, advanced payment systems



2012      Ph.D. in Economics, University of Michigan

2005      M.A. in Economics, Tel-Aviv University

2001      Chinese Language Program in the Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing

1996      B.A. in Economics and East-Asia Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Former Employment

2017-2021    National Economic Council of Israel (Prime Minister's Office)
                     2020-2021 – Head of Research
                     2017-2020 - Senior Economist

2015-2016    Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research, Senior Researcher

2013-2015   Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, Senior Researcher

2012-2013    Dartmouth College, Department of Economics, Visiting Assistant Professor



[1] Keeping up with the Zhangs: relative income and wealth, and household saving behavior, Journal of Macroeconomics , Vol 55 (2018).

[2] Underlying the Low Scores of Israeli Pupils, Shoresh Institution (2017)

[3] The Israeli Housing Market: Approaching a Turnaround, Shoresh Institution (2016)

[4] Remarks on Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon's Housing Plan, Policy Brief, Shoresh Institution (2015)

[5] Contract Workers in Israel, in State of the Nation Report 2015 (Avi Weiss and Dov Chernichovsky, editors), Taub Center (2015)

[6] The Israeli Housing Market, in State of the Nation Report 2014 (Dan Ben-David, editor), Taub Center (2014)

[7] The Shadow Economy in Israel, in State of the Nation Report 2014 (Dan Ben-David, editor), Taub Center (2014)


Working Papers

· School Discipline across Countries: Theory, Measurement and Effect

· A Relative Answer to the Growth-Saving Puzzle


Work in Progress

· Spillover Effects of MNC Activity in the Israeli Tech Sector

· Job Mobility and the Gender Wage Gap (with Itai Ater, Assaf Kovo and Sarit Weisburd)