In 2015, Shoresh Institution researchers, Prof. Dan Ben-David, Prof. Ayal Kimhi and Dr. Noam Gruber, met with Education Minister Naftali Bennett and presented him with an overview of Israel’s education system and its socioeconomic impact. During the meeting, Bennett decided to personally present – to parents, teachers and principals – some of the Shoresh findings highlighting the strong relationship between the level of high school mathematics and the future wages. The video was then widely circulated on social media by Bennett and the Ministry of Education as part of their successful campaign encouraging more pupils to study mathematics at their highest level of aptitude.
Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, is very familiar with the Shoresh Institution’s policy research. In advance of the September 2019 elections, Lapid met with Shoresh president, Prof. Dan Ben-David to receive an update of Shoresh’s most recent findings on Israel’s primary long-term socioeconomic challenges. He subsequently produced a TED Talk style video entitled “A look at the Future” (מבט לעתיד), based almost exclusively on Shoresh Institution findings and graphs.
GDP per capita, 1950-2017
Venture capital investments as percent of GDP, average for 2014-2018
GDP per hour worked, 1970-2018
Average score in math, science and reading, PISA
Each religious sector as share of total
Israel’s academic ranking in the world according to academic citations by article, by selected fields, 2003-2013