Did you know that the average worker in Israel now makes more money than the average worker in the European Union? And that the average Israeli company grows nearly twice as fast as the average British company? None of this was remotely true 25 years ago. What changed? This course will try to teach something timeless about the principles of political economy by addressing a fundamental question: what makes economies grow? It will do so by using weekly case studies taken from Israeli business and government to look at the factors that have made Israel’s economy take off since the 1990s, accomplishing the most impressive growth spurt seen in the entire Western world over the past quarter century. The cases will cover subjects in the news today, like technology innovation, venture capital, the military, and the state’s economic policy during crises. But most of all, it will use these cases to try to look at the bigger economic picture.
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Meet the Instructors
Seminars are taught by Tikvah faculty and experts in the subject matter. Please note that course faculty are subject to change depending on availability.
Financial Markets Economist
Dov Zigler is a financial markets economist in Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets group in New York. Before joining Scotiabank, Mr. Zigler was an associate covering global macro and special situations investing at a Canadian fund management company and held a teaching fellowship at McGill University in the department of North American studies. He has also held a research fellowship at the Shalem Center and worked as an analyst at the Canadian Department of National Defence. He holds an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a B.A. (Hons.) from McGill University, and a B.E.I. certificate from Sciences-Po in Paris and has been an Asper Fellow at the Hebrew University. He is vice chairman of the Montreal Bach Festival.
The Tikvah Fund
Dr. Harry Ballan is Senior Director at the Tikvah Fund and Senior Counsel at a leading international law firm, where he has practiced for approximately 30 years. Harry holds a BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University and a JD from Columbia Law School, and he clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Dr. Ballan has delivered presentations, papers, and classes on subjects in both law and neuroscience, is Chairman of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (co-founded by Oliver Sachs), has been an adjunct professor at numerous universities, and served as Dean of Touro Law Center from 2016 to 2019.
Dr. Ballan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.