Socioeconomic Inequality in Israel

A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis

  • Editors
  • Nabil Khattab
  • Sami Miaari
  • Haya Stier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Nabil Khattab, Sami Miaari, Haya Stier
      Pages 1-10
  3. General Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Noah Lewin-Epstein, Or Raviv
      Pages 13-40
    3. Pnina O. Plaut, Steven E. Plaut
      Pages 41-57
  4. Inequality in Education

  5. Gender Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Hadas Mandel, Debora P. Birgier
      Pages 153-184
    3. Vered Kraus, Yuval Yonay
      Pages 185-204
  6. Ethnic Inequality

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 253-276

About this book


This book uses different methodologies to explore inequality in a number of areas of Israeli society, focusing on Israel's diverse populations and communities. Israel is an interesting case among industrialized countries as the level of inequality is high across a number of measures. The country is extremely divided along ethnic, national, religious, and political lines, producing unique conditions within which the effects of factors such as gender, class, region, age, and education are highly contextualized. Income inequality in Israel is among the highest in the Western world; the poverty rate and income gap between classes are similarly high. The chapters in this volume address different aspects and areas of such inequalities in Israel. Conclusions drawn here expand our knowledge and understanding of the various mechanisms through which inequality is produced and maintained in Israel as well as the role that state policies play in minimizing or increasing the impact of these mechanisms.


Inequality household debt spatial inequality gender gaps educational inequality ethnic diversity Israel Palestinians Ultra-orthodox ethnic penalty ethno-religious penalties pay gaps earning inequality correlation education gender Generation income inequality Integration labor market Nation poverty

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57288-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54481-0
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