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Soaring Minds: The Flight of Israel’s Economists

Dan Ben-David ()

No 6338, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Despite their small number, Israeli economists have become an important fixture in the international academic scene. In recent years, this phenomenon has been characterized by an additional attribute: the number of Israelis who have chosen to leave the country’s universities - or not to return to them - a process that has brought Israel’s top economics departments to the brink. The elimination of the country from the international research envelope in the future has become a realistic possibility that will impact not only the State of Israel, which stands to lose the most, but the profession in general. This article provides a snapshot of an implosion in progress. It also provides a case study that is important for other countries to understand as some steadily advance toward the Israeli scenario.

Keywords: academic economists; brain drain; Israel; migration; rankings (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A11 F22 H52 H83 I23 J31 J61 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-06
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