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Nobel Laureates Join Taub Center’s International Advisory Council


Michael Geller / JDC Telephone: (212) 885-0838

Jamie Epstein / JDC Telephone: (212) 885-0849

For Immediate Release

Nobel Laureates Gary S. Becker, Aaron Ciechanover, James J. Heckman and Daniel Kahneman have joined the International Advisory Council of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, one of Israel’s most prestigious think-tanks. Providing the country’s leading policy makers and general public with highly regarded socio-economic perspectives and policy options, the Taub Center was established in 1982 by American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

“It’s a fitting reminder of the deep and important influence of the Taub Center on Israel’s social fabric that such esteemed Nobel Laureates have joined it’s International Advisory Council,” said JDC CEO Steven Schwager.“ JDC is proud of its ongoing commitment to the Taub Center and utilizing its findings to help positively transform the lives of Israel’s most vulnerable citizens.”

Included among the new members of the International Advisory Council is Israel’s most cited academic economist, Elhanan Helpman from Harvard University, and Adam Gamoran from the University of Wisconsin, a leading America education researcher who was recently appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences. The Taub Center’s 15-person Advisory Council also includes Nobel Laureate Lawrence Klein.

“The addition of some of the world’s most renowned scholars to the Council is a unique accomplishment among Israeli research centers, further contributing to the Taub Center’s prominence as an independent, world-class Israeli research institute,” said Dan Ben-David, executive director of The Taub Center.

Ben-David is a renowned Israeli academic economist and Tel Aviv University professor who previously served as an advisor to the World Bank and the World Trade Organization. The Taub Center, operating in concert with JDC’s mission, was named in honor of philanthropist and civic leader Henry Taub of Tenafly, NJ.

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