Sami Miaari

Sami Miaari

Visiting Scholar 2019-2021

Sami Miaari is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Labor Studies in Tel-Aviv University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Blavatnik School of Government where previously he has also been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (from 2017-2019).

He earned his PhD and MA degrees in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; He also received his BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the same University.

Between the years 2013 and 2016 he was the head of Arab-Jewish Relations project, at the Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem. In 2011 he joined the Department of International Economics in the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) as a senior researcher. In 2008-2009, he was a post-doctoral fellow in Economics on the Max Weber Program at the European University Institute in Florence-Italy. He has considerable teaching experience in a variety of areas in economics, and has served as economic consultant for the World Bank, IMF and other international organizations. In addition, he is serving in a number of positions including Senior Affiliate of Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) and Research Affiliate of Harry S. Truman Institute.

Dr Miaari's research focuses on the labour economics, economic causes and consequences of conflict, including on the economic costs of political instability and the relationship between economic shocks and conflict (focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), discrimination against ethnic minorities, economic inequality, and applied econometrics. He has published a number of papers in leading journals in these areas such as in Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Among the awards he has received are the “Best Paper Award” for the best paper presented at any of Middle East Economic Association conferences between January 2016 and January 2017, Marie Skłodowska-Curie (2017), and the Council for Higher Education in Israel (1991).

Recently, Dr Miaari co-leaded a relatively large research project with the Overseas Development Institute, funded by Department for International Development (DFID), on the effect of economic shocks on conflict.

The results of his innovative researches will serve to evaluate international policies designed for a peaceful resolution of the conflict both in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but also in the larger context of conflict resolution.

Dr Miaari established the first project in the Israeli Academy which aims to bestow academic consultancy for Arab students in the Israeli academy. In 2010 he founded the Arab Economic Forum in Israel. The forum is dedicated to producing innovative policy research, relevant to the economic and social development of Arab Palestinian in Israel.