Is opening schools the right decision? An Interview with Taub Center Education Policy Program Chair Nachum Blass published in The Marker 18.08.2020

Nachum Blass, you have been researching education for 50 years. Is the Ministry of Education ready for the start of the school year on September 1st? No, but the Ministry’s approach is to open the school year on…

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Viral Economics – The Social and Economic Aspects of the Pandemic 12.08.2020

Research and data Future Labor Market: Coronavirus could accelerate automation in Israel’s labor market – are we prepared? Alex Weinreb about the second wave of the Coronavirus More by Alex Weinreb: Israel’s second wave in international perspective New Research: The Coronavirus Crisis…

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Viral Economics – Latest Coronavirus Trends 29.05.2020

1) For the first ten days after the intensive closures of offices and restaurants began on March 15, the daily increase in the number of confirmed cases was relatively stable, usually in the 25-30% range (thick orange line).  In…

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Will Israel’s vital workers during coronavirus be vital workers in another 20 years? 29.05.2020

The only Israelis allowed to leave their homes for work right now are those deemed “vital workers” by the government. These workers include, among others, those working in food production and supermarkets, healthcare professionals, social workers, security and…

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Coronavirus Trends: Towards Recovery 15.05.2020

For the first ten days after the intensive closures began on March 15, the daily increase in the number of confirmed cases was relatively stable, usually in the 25-30% range.  Since late March the rate of increase has…

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Israel in international comparison 07.05.2020

This page contains graphs, updated daily (latest 4.Apr.2020), that describe coronavirus infections per capita and deaths per capita in the 36 OECD countries plus Taiwan. I use data from the CSSE at Johns Hopkins, merging them with UN…

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The coronavirus is also affecting gaps in early childhood 04.05.2020

Social distancing, quarantine, and the health and economic concerns that have plagued Israeli families for more than a month, lead many to find themselves in a continual state of stress. Stressful situations can impair the proper development of…

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Will we miss the opportunity to lower the number of students per class to 25? 30.04.2020

Crises and times of emergency can also create opportunities for important reforms that, during regular times, are difficult to implement. Already, the coronavirus crisis has affected many aspects of Israel’s education system, but it also presents a unique…

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Reading coronavirus: pandemic ABCs 05.04.2020

There is inconsistency across sites, so pay close attention to categories. The number that we hear most frequently from the Ministry of Health in Israel, and therefore in the press, is the “total number of confirmed cases.” This…

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Distance learning must be accessible for all 24.03.2020

In fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Israel and throughout the world, we are also forced to face the challenges associated with the social distancing measures being implemented in order to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic. While…

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