How is the Covid-19 Crisis Exacerbating Socioeconomic Inequality Among Palestinians in Israel?

21 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2020

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Sami Miaari

Tel-Aviv University; Economic Research Forum (ERF); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Maha Sabbah-Karkabi

University of Haifa

Amit Loewenthal

Tel Aviv University - Department of Public Policy

Abstract

The paper gives us a first look on the unique effects of the crisis on the Arab minority in Israel. It contributes to our understanding on how economic and epidemic crises affect marginalized ethnic minorities and informs decision makers while formulating policies to deal with the crisis's consequences. The results of the paper show significant differences between how this minority group was affected by the crisis compared to the majority-Jewish population. Two months into the crisis, there was no significant difference between the employment rate of low and middle-paid Arab workers, who both suffered employment decreases, but in similar rates. This result is contrary to Jewish workers, where the more workers were paid before the crisis, the more likely they were to remain employed. The research is based on a unique survey conducted during the months of April and May, intended the first wave of a panel survey conducted every 3 months during the coming two years.

Keywords: COVID-19, inequality, minorities

JEL Classification: I14, J15, J21, J64

Suggested Citation

Miaari, Sami and Sabbah-Karkabi, Maha and Loewenthal, Amit, How is the Covid-19 Crisis Exacerbating Socioeconomic Inequality Among Palestinians in Israel?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13716, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3695417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3695417

Sami Miaari (Contact Author)

Tel-Aviv University ( email )

School of Social and Policy Studies, Tel-Aviv Univ
Tel Aviv, 69978
Israel

Economic Research Forum (ERF) ( email )

21 Al-Sad Al-Aaly St.
(P.O. Box: 12311)
Dokki, Cairo
Egypt

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

Germany

Maha Sabbah-Karkabi

University of Haifa

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

Amit Loewenthal

Tel Aviv University - Department of Public Policy ( email )

Tel Aviv
Israel

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