CV

September 2019
Department of Economics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, 91905, Israel
 
Academic Positions
2016 – present: Rosita Herczeg Professor of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2015 – 2016: Rosita Herczeg Associate Professor of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2011 – 2015: Associate Professor, Department of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2009 – 2011: Senior Lecturer (with tenure), Department of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2008 – 2009: Visiting Scholar, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
2008 – 2009: Visiting Assistant Professor, Boston University
2003 – 2009: Lecturer, Department of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2002 – 2003: Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, Wallis Institute of Political Economy, University of Rochester
 
Professional Positions

2019 – present: Director, The Pinhas Sapir Forum for Economic Policy in Israel
2015 – 2018: Chair, Department of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
2013 – 2015: Director, The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel
2012 – present: Management Committee Member, European Network for Conflict Research (ENCoRE)
2009 – 2012: Member of the Academic Advisory Board, The Levy Eshkol Institute
2009 – 2012: Research Fellow, The Israel Democracy Institute
2006 – 2007: Co-Director, Program for the Study of Taxation in Israel, The Maurice Falk Institute
Winter 2001: Consultant, The World Bank, Latin America Poverty Group
 
Professional Affiliations 

2014 – present: Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
2008 – present: Core Member, Network for the Economic Analysis of Terrorism and Anti-Terror Policies (NEAT), The European Commission 
2008 – present: Senior Affiliate, Households in Conflict Network (HiCN)
2004 – 2014: Research Affiliate, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
 
Editorial Positions

2013 – present: Member of the Editorial Board, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy 

2013 – 2017: Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental Political Science

2012: Guest Editor, special issue on “Political Economy Studies of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy
 
Education

Ph.D. Economics, New York University, May 2002
M.A. Economics (Magna Cum Laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1997
B.A. Economics and Sociology (Summa Cum Laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1995
 
Fields of Specialization

Applied Microeconomics, Political Economy, Economics of National Security
 
Publications

“Party Hacks and True Believers: The Effect of Party Affiliation on Political Preferences,” with Eric Gould, Journal of Comparative Economics, September 2019, 47 (3): 504-524.
 
“What Explains the Flow of Foreign Fighters to ISIS?” with Efraim Benmelech, Terrorism and Political Violence, forthcoming.

Select Media Coverage: BloombergThe Atlantic

 
“On Public Opinion Polls and Voters' Turnout,” with Eyal Winter,Journal of Public Economic Theory, April 2018, 20 (2): 239-256.

Select Media Coverage: Science NewsThe Marker (in Hebrew)The Telegraph

“The Long Run Effect of 9/11: Terrorism, Backlash, and the Assimilation of Muslim Immigrants in the West,” with Eric Gould, Economic Journal, November 2016, 126 (597): 2064-2114.

Select Media Coverage: The Wall Street JournalNPRPacific StandardVOX

 
“Is Centralization a Solution to the Soft Budget Constraint Problem?” with Avi Ben-Bassat and Momi Dahan, European Journal of Political Economy, December 2016, 45 (1): 57-75.
 
“Does Campaign Spending Affect Electoral Outcomes?”with Avi Ben-Bassat and Momi Dahan, Electoral Studies, December 2015, 40 (1), 102-114.
 
“Can Militants use Violence to Win Public Support? Evidence from the Second Intifada,” with David Jaeger, Sami Miaari, and Daniele Paserman, Journal of Conflict Resolution, April 2015, 59 (3), 528-549.
 
“Counter-Suicide-Terrorism: Evidence from House Demolitions,” with Effi Benmelech and Claude Berrebi, Journal of Politics, January 2015, 77 (1): 27-43.

Select Media Coverage: The New Republic, The Forward, The Supreme Court of Israel.

 
“Can Higher Bonuses Lead to Less Effort? Incentive Reversal in Teams,” with Sebastian Kube, Eyal Winter and Ro’i Zultan, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, January 2014, 97 (1): 72-83.
 
Representativeness and Efficiency in Local Government, with Avi Ben Bassat and Momi Dahan, The Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem, 2013 (in Hebrew).
 
“The Impact of the Economic Costs of Conflict on Individuals’ Political Attitudes,” with Avi Ben Bassat, Momi Dahan, and Benny Geys, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, August 2012, 18 (2): Article 4. Special issue on “Political Economy Studies of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”
 
“The Struggle for Palestinian Hearts and Minds: Violence and Public Opinion in the Second Intifada,” with David Jaeger, Sami Miaari, and Daniele Paserman, Journal of Public Economics, April 2012, 96 (3-4): 354-368.

Select Media Coverage: The Washington Post

 
“Economic Conditions and the Quality of Suicide Terrorism,” with Effi Benmelech and Claude Berrebi, Journal of Politics, January 2012, 74 (1): 113-128. Reprinted in: "The Economics of Terrorism," W. Enders ed., Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2016.

Select Media Coverage: LA TimesThe Economist

 
“Does Terrorism Work?” with Eric Gould, Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2010, 125 (4): 1459-1510.

Select Media Coverage: VoxThe New Republic

 
“The Impact of Terrorism on the Defense Industry,” with Claude Berrebi, Economica, July 2010, 77 (307): 518-543.
 
“The Economic Cost of Harboring Terrorism,” with Effi Benmelech and Claude Berrebi, Journal of Conflict Resolution, April 2010, 54 (2): 331-353.
 
“Social Identity and Preferences over Redistribution,” with Moses Shayo, Journal of Public Economics, April 2010, 94 (3-4): 269-278. 
 
“Are Voters Sensitive to Terrorism? Direct Evidence from the Israeli Electorate,” with Claude Berrebi, American Political Science Review, August 2008, 102 (3): 279-301. (Lead article)

Select Media Coverage: The New York Times

 
“The Welfare Effects of Public Opinion Polls,” with Eyal Winter, International Journal of Game Theory, February 2007, 35 (3): 379-394.
 
“On Terrorism and Electoral Outcomes: Theory and Evidence from the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” with Claude Berrebi, Journal of Conflict Resolution, December 2006, 50 (6): 899-925.
 
“A Positive Model of Overlapping Income Taxation in a Federation of States” Journal of Public Economics, May 2006, 90 (4-5): 703-723. 
 
“Representative Democracy and Marginal Rate Progressive Income Taxation,” with Oriol Carbonell-Nicolau, Journal of Public Economics, May 2003, 87 (5-6): 1137-1164.
 
“On the Popular Support for Progressive Taxation” Journal of Public Economic Theory, October 2003, 5 (4): 593-604.

 

“Family Size and Income Inequality in Israel” Economic Quarterly (in Hebrew), 1999, 46 (3): 492-511.
 
Working Papers

"Mostly Deterred: An Episodic Analysis of the Israel-Gaza Conflict," with Alexei Abrahams, Eli Berman, Prabin Khadka, and John Powell, September 2019.
 
 
Research Grants

2018-2021: The Israeli Science Foundation, NIS 630,000.
2018-2019: The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, NIS 40,000.
2015-2018: The Israeli Science Foundation, NIS 510,000.
2014-2016: U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative.
2012-2015: The Israeli Science Foundation, NIS 450,000 (with Eric Gould).
2012-2013: The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, NIS 40,000 (with Eric Gould).
2011-2013: The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, NIS 65,000 (with Eric Gould).
2011-2012: The Harry Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, $10,000.
2009-2012: The Israeli Science Foundation, NIS 363,000 (with Eric Gould).
2009-2010: The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, NIS 82,000 (with Eric Gould).
2008-2012: The European Commission, 7th Framework Programme on Security Economics, EUR 150,000 (with Claude Berrebi).
2008-2010: The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, NIS 117,500 (with Moses Shayo).
2008-2009: Intramural Funds, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, $6,000.
2006-2008: The Israeli Foundation Trustees $15,000.
2006-2007: The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, NIS 68,000 (with Moses Shayo). 
2006-2007: The Samuel Neeman Institute, Economics of National Security Program, NIS 40,000.
2004-2005: The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, NIS 53,000 (with Claude Berrebi).
2004-2005: The Israeli Foundation Trustees, $12,500.
1996-1997: The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, NIS 2,000.
 
Main Media Mentions
 
"The electoral survey that will make you vote" The Marker, April 2019 (in Hebrew).
"The midterm elections are looming" The Telegraph, November 2018.
"Yogev's Diatribe" The Jerusalem Post, March 2018.
"Does Terrorism Sway Elections?" The Atlantic, April 2017.
"How Terrorism Can Alter Elections." The New York Times, April 2017.
"The Geography of Foreign ISIS Fighters." The Atlantic, August 2016.
"Terror's Toll is More Social Than Economic" The Wall Street Journal, December 2015.
"Terrorists Determining Israeli Elections," Guardian Liberty Voice, February 2015.
 “Exploding Misconceptions” The Economist, December 2010.
 “Working and Thinking Longer” The Wall Street Journal, November 2010.
 “Bad Economy = Deadlier Terrorists” The New York Times, August 2010.
 "Does Terrorism Work?" The New Republic, June 2009.
 “What the Israeli Right Owes to Hamas,” Foreign Policy, February 2009.
 “The Middle East Waits for Obama,” RealClearPolitics.com, December 2008.
 “Why October Surprises Work,” Foreign Policy, October 2008.
 “In Box: The Battle for Hearts and Minds,” Foreign Policy, July / August 2008.
 “Be Tzoharei Hayom,” Radio Reshet Bet, April 25, 2008.
 “The Balance Sheet of Terror,” The Jerusalem Report, February 18, 2008.
 “5 Myths about Terrorism,” The Washington Post, September 11, 2007.
 “Odd Numbers,” Portfolio.com, August 2, 2007.
 “Radio Kol Chai,” Israel, October 2005.
 
Honors and Awards

Certificate of Excellence in Teaching, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Social Sciences,  2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2014-2015
ISDC Prize, 2011, awarded to the best article published in the previous two years using data from the Israeli Social Sciences Data Center
Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, New York University, 2001-2002
C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, Publication Incentive Award, 2001
MacCracken Fellowship, New York University, 1997-2002
Hebrew University Grant for Outstanding Students, 1995-1997
Hebrew University Dean’s List, 1993-1997
Hebrew University Grant for International Outstanding Students, 1991-1992
 
Personal Information

Married with three kids
Citizenship: USA, Israel
Languages: Spanish (mother tongue), fluent in English and Hebrew