Shlomo Yitzhaki (economics)

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Shlomo Yitzhaki
Born January 17, 1944
Baghdad, Iraq
Residence Israel
Occupation Economist
Spouse(s) Ruhama Yitzhaki
Children Guy, Nili

Shlomo Yitzhaki (Hebrew: שלמה יצחקי‎‎) is the Sam M. Cohodas Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2002-2012 he served as the chief statistician (the director) of the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics.

Yitzhaki earned his Ph.D. in economics from the Hebrew University in 1976. He spent a year as a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and then he returned to Jerusalem as a lecturer in 1977. In 1981–1982 he worked as a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 1982 he returned to academia as a senior lecturer at Hebrew U., where he has remained ever since. He joined the faculty as an associate professor in 1990, and earned his tenure in 1993. In 2008 he was granted emeritus status.[1]

Yitzhaki first consulted as an economist at the World Bank in 1986, and was appointed director of the Central Bureau of Statistics in 2002.[1] He represents Israel at the International Statistical Institute.[2] He has also consulted with the governments of many developing nations and is considered a "world-class expert" regarding the design of tax systems.[3] In 2008 he chaired the Yitzhaki Committee examining the rise of poverty in Israel.


The following partial list of publications is largely taken from the Hebrew University Faculty Directory.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Hebrew University Faculty Directory". Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  2. ^ "International Statistical Institute - Israel". Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ Lipow, Jonathan (2004-08-23). "Yes, Minister". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2012-08-17.