Haredi household economies are managed differently than in regular Israeli households, in many respects. Over the last decade we have seen positive trends in employment patterns within the haredi sector. These rapid changes affect the welfare of haredi households and present new challenges and opportunities, for the community as well as for policymakers.

The Institute has undertaken an applied research project whose goal is to examine the various aspects of haredi household economies. As with the Institute’s other projects, the goal is to bring the information from within the haredi community to the public discourse and policymakers, and to enable a broad view that does not settle for the conventional discourse wherein the haredi community is regarded as one homogenous group.

The project examines key players in the haredi economy, and presents the diversity within the community.

Economic issues that concern haredi society may present challenges and solutions that are relevant not only to the haredi public but to Israeli society in general. The project will give a comprehensive overview of the haredi economy, including employment incentives, risk management and financial education, among others issues.

The project is being jointly led by Professor Yoram Margalioth of the faculty of law at Tel Aviv University and Professor Zvi Eckstein, dean of the faculty of business management at the IDC, Herzliya.