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EVENT-CAST: Israel's Technology Economy: Origins and Impact

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Israel is the birthplace of both Waze and Mobileye along with numerous other successful tech companies. A fascinating talk about Israel's high-tech sector from Haaretz economics editor David Rosenberg, the author of Israel's Technology Economy: Origins and Impact (2018). Event held November 6, 2019.

About the Book Talk
David Rosenberg, Israel's Technology Economy: Origins and Impact (Palgrave Mcmillan, “Middle East in Focus” series, 2018). The conversation was introduced by Stuart A. Gabriel, Director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA and the Arden Realty Chair and Professor of Finance at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Rosenberg documents how Israel emerged as one of the world's leading centers of high technology over the last three decades and the impact that it has had, or failed to have, on the wider economy and politics. Based on the study of start-up companies, Rosenberg attributes the rise of Israel's tech economy to its unique history, political system, and culture, and shows how those same factors have failed it in the quest to diversify its economy to make it more inclusive and equitable.

The book is a wide-ranging look not only at Israel as “Start-Up Nation” but Israel’s overall economy, value system, and problems of poverty and inequality, particularly related to the ultra-orthodox (Haredi) and Israeli-Arab minorities – aspects of Israel that are important to understanding the country but are frequently overlooked. The work will interest economists, political scientists, Israeli studies academics, investors, policy makers, journalists, and business readers.

About the Speaker
David Rosenberg is economics editor and columnist for the Haaretz newspaper (English edition). He previously served as bureau chief for Bloomberg News and business editor for The Jerusalem Post. He holds a BA and MA from Columbia University in Political Science and Middle East History.

Event co-sponsored by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, the UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management, and the UCLA Center for Middle East Development.


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