Assaf Razin, 2017

On November 27, 2017, UC Davis Visiting Professor of Economics Assaf Razin presented an ISS Distinguished Lecture entitled 'Israel and the World Economy'.

Anti-globalization sentiments are rising, especially in Europe and the United States, with the increasingly integrated global economy blamed for domestic economic distress. Assaf Razin argues that Israel offers a counterexample to this view, showing decisively positive economic effects of globalized finance, trade, and immigration. He offers a rigorous analysis of the role played by globalization in key episodes in the remarkable development of the Israeli economy.

Visiting Professor of Economics Assaf Razin is a former professor at Cornell University, professor emeritus at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University, and a research fellow at the NBER, CEPR, and CESifo. He is the author of Understanding Global Crises: An Emerging Paradigm and a coauthor of, among other books, The Decline of the Welfare State: Demography and Globalization and Migration and the Welfare State: Political-Economy Policy Formation, all published by the MIT Press. He is the recipient of the 2017 EMET Prize in Economics. He is also a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a research associate at IZA, Berlin.

This event was co-sponsored by the California Israel Fund, Davis Faculty for Israel, the Jewish Studies Program, and the Levine Family Fund in Economics.