Israel's High Fertility Rate and Anemic Skill Acquisition
16 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2017
Date Written: April 2017
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
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