About us

Principal Investigators

Meir Yaish

Meir Yaish is Professor of Sociology at the University of Haifa. His research focuses on the determinants and consequences of social stratification and mobility, and on the interplay between rational and cultural determinants of behavior. His research has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Social Forces, Gender and Society, Sociology, Work and Occupations, Work Employment and Society, Social Science Research, European Sociological Review, and Rationality and Society. Since 2010 he has served as editor-in-chief of the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.


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Tali Kristal

Tali Kristal is Professor of Sociology at University of Haifa. The central focus of her research is on how and why positions in the economy such as organizations, industries, occupations, classes, and the relations between them, shape the evolution of economic inequality, and how these vary across time and countries. In a current research project funded by the ERC she examines the dynamics between technology and politics in producing economic inequality. Recent publications include “Computers and the Decline of American Unions” (Work and Occupations 2019), “Computers Meet Politics at the Wage Structure” (Socio-Economic Review forthcoming), “Workplace Compensation Practices and the Rise in Benefit Inequality” (American Sociological Review 2020), and “Rising between-workplace inequalities in high-income countries” (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2020).


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Associate Experts

Efrat Herzberg-Druker

Efrat Herzberg-Druker is a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Sociology at the University of Haifa. In fall 2020 she will begin a tenure track position in the labor studies department at Tel-Aviv University. Her research interest lies in the field of stratification and inequality, with a focus on labor markets. Specifically, she focuses mainly on the relations between family demography and income inequality, as well as on gender inequality in labor markets. Her work has been published in Social Science Research and Social Indicators Research.


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פרופ' דני גוטוויין

פרופ' דני גוטוויין דן בהיבטים כלכליים, מעמדיים, חברתיים ותרבותיים של תהליך המודרניזציה של העם היהודי ושל בינוי החברה הישראלית. במסגרת זו הוא בוחן את ייחודו של הניאו-ליברליזם הישראלי המתגלה במיגזור החברה, המשך הכיבוש וכינון "שלטון הנאמנות" כגירסה ישראלית של הפופוליזם.

Maha Karkabi-Sabbah

Maha Karkabi-Sabbah is currently a visiting lecturer at The MA family studies program, School of Government and Society, The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. She has finished three years of post-doctor fellowship; at Ben-Gurion University, at Tel Aviv University, and at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London. She is also an associate researcher at The Center for Research and Study of the Family- University of Haifa. Her current works concentrate on family, gender inequality, and Palestinian Society in Israel. She is the author of a number of articles on these themes in journals such as the Studies in Family Planning, Journal of family Issues and Current Sociology. She has received several awards and grants for her research, among them; Truman Researcher Grant- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for her study: Ethno-mixed marriages in a divided society: The case of Palestinian women married to Jewish men in Israel, and research grant of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space for her research: Socio-Economic Changes and Divorce in Developing Societies: The Case of the Palestinians- Arabs in Israel.

Sami Miaari

Sami Miaari is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Labor Studies in Tel-Aviv University. Dr. Miaari's research focuses on labor economics, the economic causes and consequences of conflict, including the economic costs of political instability and the relationship between economic shocks and conflict, (focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), discrimination against ethnic minorities, economic inequality, and applied econometrics. His researches on economic of conflict and labor market has received a major external recognition following the publication in leading and highly ranked journals in field of economic, including the Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Labor Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Review of Economics of the Household, Defense and Peace Economics, and Oxford University Press. The results of his innovative research will serve to evaluate and inform international policies designed to bring about a peaceful resolution of conflict, both in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and in the context of conflict resolution generally. Dr. Miaari is active in public discourse in general and academia in particular, He established the first project in the Israeli Academy which aims to provide academic guidance and consultancy for Arab students in the Israeli academy. In 2010 he founded the Arab Economic Forum in Israel. The Forum is dedicated to producing innovative policy research, relevant to the economic and social development of Arab Palestinians in Israel.