M.A. in Applied Economics
Head of School: Prof. Nava Cahana
As higher education develops in Israel and worldwide, government offices, banks, and the finance industry increasingly prefer candidates who hold a Master’s Degree to fill positions in head offices and consultancy. Courses in the MA track focus on central issues related to the Israeli economy, discussing their impact on social policy. These include issues concerning the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), pension funds and their impact on the economy, as well as on social service policies in Israel.
The syllabus seeks to equip students with the correct procedures for collecting, organizing and implementing economic information. It also provides the practical tools needed to apply information to behavior prediction and policy evaluation. The syllabus exposes students to central issues in the Israeli economy and their consequences on social policy, with attention paid to the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) system, financial systems, and banking systems.
Studies take a deeper look at theoretical knowledge which assists in presenting empirical findings, and theories from Israel and abroad. Among course materials are practical game tools for solving the conflict of interest situations. Students also gain accounting and financing knowledge at a level befitting a senior economist. The range of theoretical electives, which includes courses on public economics, labor economics and industrial organization, combines theories with examples from Israel and worldwide. Based on the theoretical and practical knowledge students gain, they will write a comprehensive seminar paper.