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Income and poverty trends in Israel

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Snapshot for May 30, 2007.

Income and poverty trends in Israel

by Tony Avirgan

Israel’s economy has become more unequal in recent years. As can be seen in Figure 1, those in the top 20% of the income scale are the only ones whose share of income grew; the share of the other four quintiles shrank. Figure 2 shows that there has also been a steady rise in poverty in Israel.

FIGURE 1: Percent change in share of Israel's income from 1990 to 2004

FIGURE 2: Percent of Israeli population in poverty

For a further analysis of trends in Israel’s economy, read the recent Global Policy Network report.


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