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Conference: "Green Growth and Green Employment: World Trends and the Case of Israel" was organised in cooperation with the the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Tel Aviv, March 19, 2012.

MK Gilad Erdan, Minister of Environmental Protection was prominent guest of the Conference and greeted the audience. Keynote Speaker was Dr. Paul Swaim, senior economist, OECD, Paris. The Conference was divided into three sessions: Environmental transformation in Industries and the Labor Market; Changes in Consumption Behaviour and their impact on Green Employment; Innovation and New Green Jobs.

Program of the Conference.

View some pictures from the Conference:

"Green Growth and Green Employment: World Trends and the Case of Israel"


The Greeks are not lazier than the Israelis" - (article in Hebrew) - Ynet, Dr. Roby Nathanson, 18/02/2012.

 


 

 

 "Poverty is not only an economic problem" - (article in Hebrew) - The Marker, Dr. Roby Nathanson, 18/01/2012.

 

  


 "Solution for the Real Estate Crisis lies in controlled Rent" (article in Hebrew) - Ynet, Avital Lahav, 17/12/2011. In the OECD report submitted recently, the economists conclude that the Housing Policy of the government should focus more on a support system of the rental market.

 


 "Poverty in Israel - Israel has the highest Poverty rate amongst OECD Member States" (article in Hebrew) - article appears in "The Marker" (Motti Bassok, 12/12/2011) and reviews the document being prepared by Macro Center for Political Economics and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung monitoring the implementation of OECD recommendations for Israel in different fields.


 Meeting of Steering Committee of Zichron Yaakov Initiative: Influence of the Trachtenberg Recommendations on Households with children and a comparative Analysis of the quality of the government's work in the field of Social and Economic policy, Herzliya, November 17, 2011.

In the first part of the meeting, Dr. Roby Nathanson, Director General of Macro, The Center for Political Economics presented a Report  on the subject of:  

"The influence of the Trachtenberg Report Recommendations on Households with children and a Comparative Analysis of the quality of the Government's work in the field of the Economic and social Policy between 1992 and 2011".

The presentation was followed by a discussion between Experts. Among them were:  Dr. David Klein, former President of the Bank of Israel, Prof. Avia Spivak, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Representatives of the Social Protest Movement (Regev Kontas, Initiator and Activist of the Social Protest Movement, Ya’ara Yeshurun, Head of the "Parents work for Change", Anat Rosalio, Initiator of the „Child Carriage Protests“). 


 IEPN (Israeli-European Policy Network) International Conference: The UN Recognition of a Palestinian State and the New Middle East - Challenges for EU Foreign Policy, Ramat Aviv, November 2, 2011.

The International Conference was organised jointly by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), the Israeli European Policy Network (IEPN) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. High-ranking politicians, scholars and experts participated at the  IEPN - Israeli-European Policy Network International Conference. Among them were MK Tzipi Livni, Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset, Head of Kadima Party and MEP Martin Schulz, Chairman of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and Dr. Sa'eb Erekat, Palestinian Chief Negotiator. The European, Israeli and Palestinian positions in regard to the subject of the conference were discussed and presented in three panel sessions.

Picture: Amos Kashdan

 

"The Social Protests - a political revolution is requested"  - In the best case, the Report consists of Recommendations, what is needed is a political change and the participation of the Public.

Article (in Hebrew) by Dr. Roby Nathanson, Director of Macro - Center for Political Economics, The Marker, October 6, 2011. The article appeared also on Nana 10.  


 People without vocational training have a harder time finding a job than people with an academic title.

Article  (in Hebrew) by Dr. Roby Nathanson, Director of Macro - Center for Political Economics, "Mishavim", September 27, 2011.
 

 Seminar: Vocational Training for Adults in Israel, Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, September 22-23, 2011.

During the Workshop a number of Presentations relating to various aspects of Vocational Training in Israel were presented to the participants.

Subjects of the Presentations:

Presentation and discussion on "Vocational Training for Adults - challenges and goals"

Vocational Training and education (L.L.L) - from the perspective of Industry.”

"Vocational training for adults - the employee's perspective"

"Learning for Jobs: an international perspective on vocational education and training for adults"

"A report for the European Union - cooperation between the system of education, the high education and the business sector"

 

Program of the Seminar 

 


 An Alternative Economic Plan

The Social Justice Protests of Summer 2011 require the change of the Economic Policy that has influenced the Decision Making Process for the last ten years.
Dr. Roby Nathanson has formulated an alternative Economic Plan (Hebrew)based on 12 principles and operative steps.

Zichron Yaakov Steering Committee: The OECD Recommendations concerning Israel and their implementation, July 7, 2011, Tel Aviv.
At the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Zichron Yaakov Initiative, Dr. Roby Nathanson, Head of Macro Center for Political Economics presented a Report about the OECD Recommendations concerning Israel and their implementation.
Thereafter followed a Panel Discussion with: Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, Research and Programming Department, National Insurance Institute and Senior Lecturer of Social Work, Tel Aviv University, Prof. Efraim Zdaka, School of Economics, Tel Aviv University, Dr. David Klein, former President of Bank of Israel.
 
Article that appeared in the Jerusalem Post reporting about the Meeting: Israel not doing enough to bridge income distribution gaps identified by OECD, Nadav Shemer, July 8, 2011.

Presentation of Results of the Third Youth Study (in English and Hebrew): All of the Above: Identity Paradoxes of Young People in Israel - the Third Youth Study of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung - Changes in National, Societal and Personal Attitudes, at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin, June 21, 2011.

Click here to download the full version of the Third Youth Study: All of the Above: Identity Paradoxes of Young People in Israel

Survey Findings of the Third Youth Study

Program points of the Event:

Presentation of the Third Youth Study Results by Prof. Ephraim Ya’ar, Tel Aviv University,

  • Commentary about the Results of the Youth Study from a German perspective by Prof. Mathias Albert, University of Bielefeld,
  • Scenes from the Play “3Some” by Nir de Volff, Choreograph and Producer, Berlin, Tel Aviv.

A Panel discussion, moderated by Liane von Billerbeck, Deutschland Radio Kultur, ended the evening.  


"Study: Settlements worth $ 18.8 billion", Ynet, Shosh Mula, Ofer Petersburg, 27.05.2011

The article in YNET covers Macro's new report assessing worth of Jewish homes in West Bank. 


 New Publication: All of the Above: Identity Paradoxes of Young People in Israel - The 3rd Youth Study of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung: Changes in National, Societal and Personal Attitudes.

The Presentation took place May 4, 2011, 16:30-19:30, Beit Sokolov, Kaplan 4, Tel Aviv.
Participants in the Panel were: MK Michael Eitan, Shaanan Street – Lead Singer of  "Hadag Nachash", Dr. Mina Zemach – Dachaf Institute, Ibtisam Mara'ana – Arab Israeli Filmmaker, Boris Seidman – Author, Iris Margulis – Editor "The Marker".
Moderator: Orly Vilnai, Journalist Channel 10, "Ha'aretz".

 Publication of theThird Youth Study by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Macro Center for Political Economics: All of the Above: Identity Paradoxes of Young People in Israel - The 3rd Youth Study of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung: Changes in National, Societal and Personal Attitudes.

For the first time the Results of the Survey (not included in the Book itself) are published. Click here and you will be linked to the Page with the Results.

Click here to download the full version of the Third Youth Study.

Introduction and Summary of the Third Youth Study.

After its publication, the third Youth Study arose much public attention and created an intense public debate. It was also widely covered in local and international Media.  

Media Coverage of the new Publication, Articles in Israeli, Foreign and Russian Media and TV Items.

Macro Center for Political Economics participated in Workshop organized by Supportive Community – Women's Business Development Center: "A Pension of one's own - Gender Perspective", Academic College Tel Aviv Yaffo, April 4, 2011.

Ziv Rubin represented Macro Center for Political Economics at the Workshop on the subject of Pension Provision for Women organized by Supportive Community – Women's Business Development Center. The Workshop was organized as a result of the Zichron Yaakov Initiative and the new Research that had been published on the subject of Social Security and Pension for Women. The aim of the Workshop was to launch a public debate on the subject and to increase awareness of the problem amongst the different sectors of Society.

Video Clip of the Workshop

During the Workshop Ziv Rubin and Hagar Tzameret-Kertcher presented their Research edited in the framework of the Zichron Yaakov Initiative: "The Influence of Child Rearing on the Extent of Pension Savings among Women in Israel". 

IEPN-Conference: Turkish-Israel Relations: the role of the EU and the Impact on the Mediterranean, Barcelona, April 11-12, 2011.
High-level politicians, academics and researchers from Europe and Israel participated at the IEPN - Israeli-European Policy Network Meeting. During the meeting, the Israeli, the Turkish and the European Perspectives were presented and discussed.
 
A full list of Conferences and Publications of IEPN - Israeli-European Policy Network can be viewed at: http://www.iepn.org.

The surprising economic growth of the Israeli Economy inspired different reactions amongst Economists. Dr. Roby Nathanson expressed his views in several newspapers.
Links to two articles that appeared in:
Ynet – "Who does this Growth belong to?" (translated title), Avital Lahav, February 19, 2011
"Mamon", Yedioth Achronot – February 17, 2011

Recent Publication by MACRO-The Center for Political Economics:
Dr. Roby Nathanson, Natalia Simanovsky and Ro'ee Levy (in the framework of the Vocational Training Project)
A more detailed publication has been published in Hebrew. 

OECD, the Government's Policy and Social Gaps: Workshop on the Subject: Social Policy for Israel, February 18, 2011, Berl Katznelson Foundation.
MK Itzhak Herzog, Colette Avital and Nadia Chilu (former MK's) and young newcomers on the political scene: Michal Biran and Esti Kirmeier participated at the Workshop.
Dr. Roby Nathanson presented a Presentation on the subject of the Government's Policy and social Gaps.

Steering Committee Meeting in framework of Vocational Training Project, February 17, 2011, Herzliya. Subject of the Meeting: Summary of the Project 2010, Plans for the year 2011.
During the meeting, Dr. Roby Nathanson and Ro'ee Levy presented the Final Report regarding Vocational Training for young people in Israel for the year 2010 and the Plans of the Project for year 2011. Focus for the year 2011 is the subject: Long Life Learning. After the presentation a Discussion about Political Recommendations for Decision Makers and methods of dissemination of last year's results took place.

The Tax Burden and Division of Income in Israel: Debate on the Subject took place on February 11, 2011, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv.
During the Debate Dr. Roby Nathanson presented a presentation on the subject of the Tax Burden and the Division of Income in Israel.

  Book Presentation: In the framework of the Zichron Yaakov Initiative, Minister Itzhak Herzog's new book was presented to the public on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, Habayit Hayarok, Tel Aviv, 16:30 - 19:00.

Invitation (in Hebrew) to the Book Presentation.
 
 

Discussion of Vocational Training Steering Committee, November 30, 2010, Herzliya: Analysis and Forecast of Changes in the Israeli Labour Market - Possible Models and Applications in Israel.
During the  Meeting, Dr. Roby Nathanson and Ro'ee Levy gave a Presentation on the topic: "Analysis and Forecast of Changes in the Israeli Labour Market - Possible Models and Applications in Israel". Following the presentation was a discussion concerning practical recommendations for decision-makers.

Roundtable Discussion of Zichron Yaakov Initiative Steering Committee, November 17, 2010, at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Herzliya.
A new economic analysis was presented by Ro'ee Levi and Hagar Tzameret-Kertcher, MACRO Institute for Political Economics.Topic of the study was: “Creation of green jobs by using dry waste based on input – output analysis”. The study looked at the effect of changes in waste treatment on employment. The study was analysed in an in-depth article in the Jerusalem Post, November 18: "For every 1000 tons recycled, 5 jobs may be created"

IEPN Meeting, Herzliya, November 2010IEPN (Israel-European Policy Network) Meeting: November 11, 2010, at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Herzliya.
Item on the agenda of the high-level Meeting: Facing Economic and Monetary Challenges in Light of the Euro Crisis: Impact on Israeli-European Relations and Regional Cooperation.
 
High-level researchers, academics, economists and diplomats from Europe and Israel participated at the meeting, amongst them: Ambassador Andrew Standley, Head of Delegation of the European Commission in Israel, Dr. Constantine Papadopoulos, Secretary-General for International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece, Prof. Rafi Melnik, Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

Article in Jerusalem Post reviews results of Research published by Dr. Roby Nathanson, Hagar Tzameret-Kercher and Ziv Rubin of the Macro Center for Political Economics.The subject of the Research is: The influence of Child-rearing on women's pensions in Israel.

Researchers show shocking gender gap in Israeli pensions, Article by Ronen Schnidman appears in Jerusalem Post Online, October 31, 2010.
The study was published with the support of the Zichron Yaacov Initiative and the support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Israel.

Meeting of Zichron Yaakov Initiative Steering Committee at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Herzliya, October 24, 2010.

In the framework of the Zichron Yaacov Initiative Project, a Round Table Discussion was organized in the offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Herzliya. The subjects discussed were: Employment after the age of 67 and the social security conditions and the influence of Child-rearing on women's pensions in Israel. First Prof. Amnon Caspi, from Bar Ilan University, presented his study on the topic: "Employing Men and Women after the age of 67 in the Free Labour Market – Advantages and Challenges".

Later on Dr. Roby Nathanson, Ziv Rubin and Hagar Tzameret-Kercher of the Macro Center for Political Economics presented the results of their study on the subject:"The influence of Child-rearing on women's pensions in Israel"
The Research presented during the Meeting of the Steering Committee was analysed in an article in the Jerusalem Post, October 31, 2010: Researchers show shocking gender gap in Israeli pensions, Ronen Shnidman 
First Conference of Arab Sector took place at Beit Berl, September 14, 2010.
Dr. Roby Nathanson displayed a presentation on the subject of the Arab Labour Market and Society.

Two-days Seminar at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar in the framework of the Vocational Training for Young People in Israel, July 29-30, 2010.

The seminar is part of the vocational training project, and was attended by Mr. Michael Axmann, Specialist in Skills Development Systems in the Skills and Employability Department of the ILO - International Labour Organization in Geneva.

During the two-days intensive Seminar, topics such as: Technological education in the Israeli educational system, Technological education and vocational training – the perspective of the Manufacturers Association, What does the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor have to do with youth education? and Vocation training for young people in Israel were discussed.
On the second day of the Seminar, a Presentation by Mr. Michael Axmann, was held on: “Facilitating Labour Market Entry for Youth through Apprenticeship Programmes - an ILO Perspective". The seminar was chaired by Dr. Roby Nathanson. 

 
Zichron Yaakov Steering Committee Round Table, May 16, 2010.
The Steering Committee of the Zichron Yaacov Project on issues related to poverty, income distribution, labour market, education and green colour economy discussed the subjects on the agenda for the year 2010:
Opportunities on the Labour Market for Senior Employees and Green Jobs – Advanced Environmental Policy and its influence on the Labour Market – the European Experience.
Prof. Amnon Caspi, Bar Ilan University, presented his study on the topic: "Opportunities on the Labour Market for Senior Employees".
Adv. Yuval Laster presented his proposal for a study on the subject: "Green Jobs – Advanced Environmental Policy and its influence on the Labour Market – the European Experience".

Visit at Ramat DavidIn the framework of the Vocational Training Project, we visited two Vocational Schools in the North, May 6, 2010

During the visit the delegation learnt about the model of vocational training used in the two schools in the North and examined to what extent the model introduced in previous Seminars of the Vocational Training Project can be implemented.
Members of the delegation that visited the schools were representatives of the Histadrut, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Employment, the Ministry of Education, the Noar Haoved Vehalomed – Youth Movement, the vocational schools, the Organization of Self-Employed Persons and Small Businesses in Israel and the Labor Attaché at the German Embassy in Israel.

In March 2010, the Macro Center published a new comparative Research about the Israeli Construction in the Settlements between 2004 and 2008.
According to the study published by Macro Center, the cost of the building of Israeli settlements in the West Bank amounted to more than $17 billion.
Using satellite imagery and other technology, the research institute mapped every home and structure put up in the settlements.
Its work was the result of a years-long effort to gauge the total value of the Jewish settlement enterprise in the West Bank.
Macro researchers said the main source of data is aerial photography of the West Bank taking in 128 Jewish settlements. It does not include Israeli building in east Jerusalem
Click here for Reviews in Israeli and International Press after the Publication of the Research in March 2010.
 Meeting in London
Israeli-European Policy Network (IEPN) Meeting in London organized jointly with Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, April 27, 2010:
Subject of the latest IEPN Meeting held in London was:
"Assessing the Impact of the Arab Peace Initiative on the Middle East and the Role of the EU: European, Arab and Israeli Perspectives"
 


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