Israel's High Fertility Rate and Anemic Skill Acquisition

16 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2017

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Assaf Razin

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

The exceptionally high fertility among ultra-Orthodox Jews, and Arab minority, increasing portions of the population, is the main reason for Israel’s flagging labor-force participation. In addition, high fertility diminishes Israel’s skill attainment of the labor force. A rise in income inequality in all advanced economies, which in the last two decades has taken a sharp upward turn in Israel, has a potential for setting off social-divide and political polarization.

JEL Classification: D100, H100, J240, O400

Suggested Citation

Razin, Assaf, Israel's High Fertility Rate and Anemic Skill Acquisition (April 2017). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6455. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2978523

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