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[IWS] OECD ECONOMIC SURVEY OF ISRAEL 2013 [8 December 2013]
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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau
OECD ECONOMIC SURVEY OF ISRAEL 2013 [8 December 2013]
[full-text, 114 pages- to read online]
Considerable room remains to improve average living standards and to lower poverty, particularly among working families with children, including the Arab‑Israeli and Ultra‑orthodox (Haredi) communities. Furthermore, the middle‑class concerns that surfaced in the 2011 'tent protests' remain prominent, notably housing costs, high retail prices and the associated dissatisfaction with the degree of competition in the economy, the role of large family‑run business groups and the distribution of the tax burden. These issues were echoed in the January 2013 general election, which saw the formation of a governing coalition that included two new political parties created in the wake of the protests.
This Survey examines macroeconomic and structural policy issues in this complex conjuncture. Shifts in strategy on taxation in response to the fiscal difficulties, political developments and ongoing socio‑economic problems have prompted an in‑depth review of the tax and transfer systems (Chapter 1). Israel's health‑care system, which faces severe future human resource problems alongside more typical challenges in delivering quality health care in the context of constrained budgets and aging populations is then examined (Chapter 2). These chapters build on previous Surveys' in‑depth assessments: welfare and education in 2010 and housing, finance and energy in 2011 (OECD, 2010 and OECD, 2011a). The policy analysis in this Survey does not cover the territories known as the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights or the West Bank including East Jerusalem.
Press Release 8 December 2013
Israel's economy growing strongly but further efforts needed to improve living standards, says OECD
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