The Israeli Economy

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813376530
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Pages: 183
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Notes on the Text
1 The Economic Development of Israel: 1948-1985 1
1939-1945: The Effects of the Second World War 1
1948-1952: Austerity 2
1952-1972: From Stagnation to Rapid Economic Growth 4
1973: A Fateful Year 10
Economic Policy, 1973-1980 12
The Economy in the Early 1980s 16
Notes 17
2 Inflation and the Loss of Economic Control 19
The Acceleration of Inflation in the Late 1970s and Early 1980s 19
The Economic Stabilization Program of July 1985 24
Economic Analysis Behind the 1985 Program 26
Other Factors Behind Accelerating Inflation 29
The Costs of Inflation 30
Conclusion 32
Notes 33
3 Defense: Its Costs and Effects 35
The Composition and Growth of the Defense Budget 35
Extrabudgetary Costs 38
The Cost of War 41
Foreign Aid and Other Resources: The U.S. Connection 43
Military Industries 44
Market Structure of the Defense Industry 48
Defense and Its Prominence in Decision Making 49
Conclusion: Defense and Economic Growth 51
Notes 53
4 Industry and Agriculture 55
Industrial Policy Development 55
Industrial Structure 59
The Main Sectors of Industry 62
Factors Influencing Industrial Performance 67
The Slowdown in Growth 71
Agriculture 76
Agriculture and the Water Problem 78
Conclusion 79
Notes 79
5 The International Sector 81
Israel's International Trade 81
External Debt 93
Foreign Trade Policy 96
Exchange Rate Policy 99
Economic Relations with the Arabs 101
Conclusion 104
Notes 104
6 The Capital Market and Financial Sector 107
The Role of the Government 107
The Bank of Israel and Monetary Policy 110
The Public's Financial Asset Portfolio 113
Social Insurance Funds 113
Some Implications for Corporate Finance 115
The Banking System 116
The Bank Share Collapse of 1983 and Its Aftermath 118
After 1983: The Banks and the Problem of the Bank Shares 120
Conclusion 121
Notes 121
7 Labor 123
The Ideology of the Labor Movement 124
The Histadrut 125
Communal and Collective Settlements 128
Population 129
The Development of the Labor Force 130
Current Labor Issues 132
The Dual Economy 135
Indexation and Wage Policy 136
Shares of Labor and Capital in National Income 137
Conclusion 137
Notes 138
8 The Public Sector: The Role of the Government and the Social Services 141
The Role of the Government 141
Government Expenditure 141
Government Revenues 148
Publicly Owned Land 150
Privatization 151
Broader Aspects of Government Intervention in the Economy 151
Social Services 152
The Government's Role in Reducing Income Inequality 157
Conclusion 161
Notes 161
9 Conclusions: The Challenge of Mass Immigration and the Need for Reform 163
Sources of Division 166
The Implications for Economic Growth 168
The Necessary Reforms 169
The Political Economy of Restarting Economic Growth 170
Immigration and Israel's Economic Potential 172
Notes 173
Bibliography 175
Index 181
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