New research on the lasting effects of early childhood inequality in Israel

Published July 31, 2018

The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies has published a literature review discussing the various ways in which economic inequality experienced in early childhood may lead to inequality in achievement at school in later life.

We supported the research, which was conducted by Yossi Shavit, Isaac Friedman, John Gal and Dana Vaknin. You can download the paper here.

The research assesses the current situation in Israel, which has the highest disposable income inequality in the OECD, high rates of poverty among children especially among the Arab Israeli and Haredi populations, and high levels of inequality among schoolchildren in scientific literacy, reading literacy and maths.

It suggests three possible policy approaches: increasing access to daycare and improving the quality of care; comprehensive interventions at the community level, focusing on families with young children living in poverty; and addressing poverty more comprehensively and effectively, for example through increasing social assistance benefits.

The Taub Center is a non-partisan socioeconomic research institute, developing innovative research and policy options that advance the well-being of Israelis.