Shoshana Neuman

Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and IZA, Germany

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Current position

Professor (Emeritus) of Economics, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University, Israel; and Head of the School of Economics, Academic College of Ashkelon, Israel

Research interest

Economics of human resources, labor economics, economics of education, economics of the household, behavioral economics, health economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member, several committees of the Higher Education Council (Malag) to approve new tracks and programs in Israeli colleges; Member of several Steering Committees of the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS); Director, Board of Directors, United Mizrahi Bank

Past positions

Director, The Economics Research Institute, Bar-Ilan University; Chairperson, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University; Consultant—World Bank, Population and Human Resources Department


PhD Economics, Bar-Ilan University, 1983

Selected publications

  • “Vocational education in Israel: Wage effects of VocEd, occupation and the VocEd-occupation match.” Journal of Human Resources 34:2 (1999): 407–420 (with A. Ziderman).

  • “Delays in renewal of labor contracts: Theory and evidence.” Journal of Labor Economics 23:2 (2005): 341–372 (with L. Danziger).

  • “Reference-dependent preferences and loss aversion—A discrete choice experiment in the health-care sector.” Judgment and Decision Making 3:2 (2008): 162–173 (with E. Neuman).

  • “The big carrot: High-stakes incentives revisited.” Behavioral Decision Making 23 (2010): 288–313 (with P. Branas-Garza and T. Garcia-Munoz).

  • “The evolution of secularization: Cultural transmission, religion and fertility—Theory, simulations and evidence.” Journal of Population Economics 26:3 (2013): 1129–1174 (with R. Bar-El, T. Garcia-Munoz, and Y. Tobol).