Sect , Subsidy and Sacrifice : AN ECONOMIST ’ S VIEW OF ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS

@inproceedings{Berman1998SectS,
  title={Sect , Subsidy and Sacrifice : AN ECONOMIST ’ S VIEW OF ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS},
  author={Eli Berman},
  year={1998}
}
Israeli Ultra-Orthodox men study full-time in yeshiva till age 40 on average. Why do fathers with families in poverty choose yeshiva over work? Draft deferments subsidize yeshiva attendance, yet attendance typically continues long after exemption. Fertility rates are high (TFR=7.6) and rising. A social interaction approach explains these anomalies. Yeshiva attendance signals commitment to the community, which provides mutual insurance to members. Prohibitions effectively tax real wages… CONTINUE READING
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