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Israeli Child Policy and Outcomes


  • John Gal
  • Mimi Ajzenstadt
  • Asher Ben-Arieh
  • Roni Holler
  • Nadine Zielinsky


This report presents an overview of child policy in Israel. It covers a wide range of services and policies that are intended to further the wellbeing of children in Israel or that have an impact upon the wellbeing of children, including the fields of education, health, cash transfers, taxation and personal social services. In addition, the labour market and policies linked to work and family reconciliation are discussed. The report also offers a brief overview of the context in which these policies and services developed, and their consequences, with a special emphasis on child poverty. This is due to the unusually high level of poverty among children in Israel. The report concludes with a discussion of the factors that have an impact upon the degree of effectiveness of child policies in Israel or, in the case of child poverty, upon their limited effectiveness. This discussion is followed by a number of policy recommendations intended to help policies and services to improve children’s wellbeing in Israeli society. Ce rapport présente un aperçu des politiques de l’enfant en Israël. Il couvre une large gamme de services et de politiques qui sont destinées à augmenter ou à influencer le bien-être des enfants en Israël, aussi bien dans les domaines éducatifs, de la santé, des transferts d’argent, des impôts et des services sociaux destinés aux personnes. Le rapport discute en outre les politiques visant à réconcilier le travail et la vie de famille. Il offre aussi un bref aperçu du contexte dans lequel ces politiques et services se sont développés et leurs conséquences, en mettant en particulier l’accent sur la pauvreté des enfants qui atteint un niveau exceptionnel dans le pays. Le rapport se termine par une discussion des facteurs qui influent sur l’efficacité des politiques destinés aux enfants en Israël ou, dans le cas de la pauvreté des enfants, sur leur efficacité limitée. Un certain nombre de recommandations suivent sur les politiques et les services destinés à améliorer le bien-être des enfants dans la société israélienne.

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  • John Gal & Mimi Ajzenstadt & Asher Ben-Arieh & Roni Holler & Nadine Zielinsky, 2010. "Israeli Child Policy and Outcomes," OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 104, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaab:104-en

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    child policy; education; health work and labour reconciliation; Israel; social policy;

    JEL classification:

    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics

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