Ethnic Conflict and Job Separations

18 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2010

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Sami H. Miaari

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Eliezer Kaplan School of Economics and Social Sciences

Asaf Zussman

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics

Noam Zussman

Bank of Israel

Date Written: October 27, 2009

Abstract

We study the effect of the second Intifada, a violent conflict between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors which erupted in September 2000, and the ensuing riots of Arab citizens of Israel, on labor market outcomes of Arabs relative to those of Jewish Israelis. The analysis relies on a large matched employer-employee dataset, focusing on firms that in the pre-Intifada period hired both Arabs and Jews. Our analysis demonstrates that until September 2000 Arab workers had a lower rate of job separation than their Jewish peers and that this differential was significantly reduced after the outbreak of the Intifada. We argue that the most likely explanation for this pattern is increased anti-Arab discrimination among Jews.

Suggested Citation

Miaari, Sami H. and Zussman, Asaf and Zussman, Noam, Ethnic Conflict and Job Separations (October 27, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1634844 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1634844

Sami H. Miaari

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Eliezer Kaplan School of Economics and Social Sciences ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem
Israel

Asaf Zussman (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics ( email )

Israel

Noam Zussman

Bank of Israel ( email )

P.O. Box 780
Jerusalem, 91907
Israel

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