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2014-2015 Annual Assessment

  1. http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/four-philanthropic-trends-in-2015/
  2. Neal Shah, Americans Wealth Hits Record as the Rich get Richer, Wall Street Journal, June 5,2014. http://www.wsj.com/articles/americans-wealth-hits-new-record-in-1st-quarter-1401985427. Alec Tyson, “Economic Recovery Favors the More Affluent who Own Stocks. Pew Research Center, May 31,2013.
  3. Bank of Israel, http://www.bankisrael.gov.il/en/DataAndStatistics/Pages/Indicators.aspx?Level=1&IndicatorId=1&sId=0 , accessed 22 April 2015.
  4. “Israel economy grew slower than first estimates after Gaza war, government says”, Moti Basok, Haaretz 17 April 2015. http://www.haaretz.com/business/.premium-1.652276 .
  5. OECD Data, https://data.oecd.org/gdp/quarterly-gdp.htm#indicator-chart (Accessed on 22 April 2015).
  6. Deflation is not necessarily unambiguously good in particular because of possible signals regarding softening of the labor market to the disadvantage of wage earners. In this case, the large fall in fossil fuel prices play a leading role.
  7. OECD Data, https://data.oecd.org/unemp/unemployment-rate.htm; https://data.oecd.org/price/inflation-cpi.htm; https://data.oecd.org/tax/tax-wedge.htm (Accessed on 22 April 2015)
  8. Shapira, Yosef. “State Comptroller Report on the Housing Crisis.” 2015. The February 2015 timing of the report was seen by some in the Israeli media as an attempt by Comptroller Shapira to influence the elections.
  9. Of course, most home purchases are financed; the comparison just shows relative financial burdens across countries.
  10. Shapira, Yosef.
  11. Ben-David, Dan and Haim Bleikh. “Gaping Gaps: Income Inequality in Israel”, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, 9 February 2015.
  12. http://www.themarker.com/realestate/1.2682410, http://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1001053970
  13. Likud Faction of the 20th Knesset and Kulanu Faction of the 20th Knesset. “Summary of Work Plan to Lower the Cost of Housing.” 34th Government of Israel Coalition Agreement between Likud and Kulanu. 29 April 2015. http://www.knesset.gov.il/docs/heb/coalition2015_1.pdf
  14. Likud Faction of the 20th Knesset and Kulanu Faction of the 20th Knesset. 34th Government of Israel Coalition Agreement between Likud and Kulanu. 29 April 2015. In June 2015 a special committee of the Finance Ministry and the Bank of Israel was established in order to implement increased competition in the credit card market.
  15. Likud Faction of the 20th Knesset and Kulanu Faction of the 20th Knesset. “Summary of Work Plan to Lower the Cost of Housing.” 34th Government of Israel Coalition Agreement between Likud and Kulanu. 29 April 2015.
    http://www.knesset.gov.il/docs/heb/coalition2015_
    1.pdf
  16. National Insurance Institute (2013). Poverty and Social Gaps 2013 Annual Report, November.
  17. Merav Arlozoarv, Tali Haruit-Sofere, Netanyahu and Deri Abolished and Initiateve that Promped Thousand of Haredi Men to Seek Work. Haaretz, May 21, 2015. http://www.themarker.com/career/1.2639632.
  18. See The Marker, 5 April 2015 (אריאב: “מערכת הביטחון חייבת לעמוד כיום בפני אילוץ תקציבי כדי שתתייעל ותתאים את עצמה לאותם איומים, כדי שיהיה יותר ביטחון”) for similar views expressed in more detail by prominent Israeli economic policy makers.
  19. See Identity and Identification chapter in this Annual Assessment
  20. The total of all households in the survey shows a less distinctive trend because of the skewing of Orthodox households toward the lower income ranges. The Orthodox represent only about 15% of total Jewish households in the sample but just under half of the households earning less than $50,000.
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