About

Our Mission

Shoresh is an independent socioeconomic policy research institution whose sole raison d’être is to identify the source, nature and scope of Israel’s internal root (shoresh) existential challenges. The Shoresh Institution provides evidence-based analyses – essential for strategic perspectives and transformative policies at the national level – to Israel’s leading policymakers and the general public to assist in moving the country towards a sustainable long-term trajectory that raises Israel’s living standards while reducing disparity among its citizens.

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Shoresh definition

Our Story

Why we established Shoresh

“In 1999, I happened to look at data on Israel through a professional lens for the first time,” relates Professor Dan Ben-David, a Tel-Aviv University economist. “What I saw changed my life. While Israel has state-of-the art universities, a cutting edge hi-tech sector and medical professionals at the top of their field internationally, the average amount produced by Israelis per hour (often referred to as labor productivity) is not only among the lowest in the developed world – it has been steadily falling further and further behind the leading developed world countries for over four decades.” Read More

Senior Staff

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Prof. Dan Ben-David
President
Ayal Kimhi profile picture
Prof. Ayal Kimhi
Vice President and Head of Research
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Cynthia Wroclawski
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Professor Dan Ben-David
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Professor Dan Ben-David (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Chicago) founded and heads the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research and is a senior faculty member in the Department of Public Policy at Tel-Aviv University. He is the former executive director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies. Professor Ben-David has been a Research Fellow at both the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London and the National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.

Professor Ben-David was named “Person of the Year” by the Calcalist newspaper and was included three times (most recently in 2019) in Haaretz-TheMarker newspaper’s list of the 100 most influential people in Israel. His academic research placed him among the ten most cited economists in Israel (and among the 1,000 most cited academic economists in the world) during the years 1990-2000. Professor Dan Ben-David has twice received Tel-Aviv University’s “Best Teacher Award” in the Social Sciences.


Professor Ayal Kimhi
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Professor Ayal Kimhi is the Vice President and head of research at the Shoresh Institution. He is also the Sir Henry d'Avigdor Goldsmid Professor in Agricultural Economics, serving as the head of the Department of Environmental Economics and Management at the Hebrew University. He was previously the deputy director and head of research at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies.

Professor Kimhi received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. His research spans the fields of labor economics, family economics, applied econometrics, agricultural economics, and development economics. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Maryland, Yale, Pennsylvania, Nagoya, Leuven, Sydney and at the Paris School of Economics, and has published more than 50 articles in refereed academic journals.


Cynthia Wroclawski
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Cynthia Wroclawski is the Shoresh Institution’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. She served as Director of the Yad Vashem Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project and deputy director of the Yad Vashem Archives Division. Specializing in marketing, communications, outreach, engagement and fundraising, Cynthia draws upon extensive professional experience in positions held in the private and non-profit sectors alongside her volunteer leadership role as chair of the steering committee of the Yoav – Lehigh Valley (PA) Partnership2Gether (Jewish Agency program) from 2012-2018.

Cynthia received her B.A. from New York University where she was a dean’s list student, with a double major in Judaic Studies and Journalism. She graduated with honors from the Hebrew University, receiving an M.A. in Communications and Journalism. Cynthia also holds a certificate in Advanced Modern Marketing from the Department for Executive Education in Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Management. An American born Israeli who moved to Israel in the late 1980’s, Cynthia lives in Kibbutz Revadim.

Board of Directors

Dr. Zeev Feldman (chair)

Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer and Vice Chairman of the Israel Medical Association

Professor Haya Stier

Departments of Sociology and Labor Studies, Tel-Aviv University

Dr. Avner Ahituv

CEO Water Israel and former general secretary of Kibbutz Ramat Yohanan

Audit Board

Eli Yeshurun, CPA

Financial Consulting and CFO services

Daniel Shejnberg, MBA

Retired, Managing member DSAM LLC

Academic Advisory Council

Dr. Henry Aaron

Brookings Institution

Professor David Autor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Aaron Ciechanover

Technion
(Nobel Laureate and Israel Prize Laureate)

Professor Jacob Frenkel

JP Morgan Chase International and former Bank of Israel Governor
(Israel Prize Laureate)

Professor Claudia Goldin

Harvard University

Professor Reuben Gronau

Hebrew University

Professor Eric Hanushek

Stanford University and Hoover Institution

Professor James Heckman

University of Chicago
(Nobel Laureate)

Professor Daniel Kahneman

Princeton University
(Nobel Laureate)

Professor Joel Mokyr

Northwestern University

Professor Howard Pack

University of Pennsylvania

Professor Steven Popper

RAND Corporation

Professor Assaf Razin

Cornell University and Tel-Aviv University

Professor Dan Shechtman

Technion
(Nobel Laureate and Israel Prize Laureate)

Professor Eytan Sheshinski

Hebrew University


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