I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at Tel Aviv University. I hold an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University, an M.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University.
My main area of research is social-insurance policies, which are government policies that provide insurance against economic risks. In particular, I study labor market policies such as unemployment insurance, mandatory pension savings and universal basic income.
I analyze these policies using rich macroeconomic models that allow for a (relatively) realistic characterization of a large economy -- typically a country. I use those models as a laboratory to test existing and new policies in an economic environment, where people react to the policy in question. A recurring theme in my research is that considering individual characteristics (e.g., age, wealth, employment prospects) is essential for the design of public policies.
More broadly, I am interested in the contexts in which different social-economic phenomena unfold in the real world. I discuss some of those topics in my blog, “People and Numbers,” in Haaretz . You can find the English versions of the posts here.