Shoshana Neuman is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Bar-Ilan University (Israel). A specialist in Labour Economics and the Economics of Education. Her major areas of research lie in the economics of discrimination and segregation; evaluation of vocational education; immigration; the economics of religion; and more recently also health economics
She has been (among many other professional activities) a consultant to the World Bank (1988), the Director of the Economics Research Institute (1993-97), a Director of the Board of Directors of the United Mizrahi Bank (1994-95), the vice-chair of the Department of Economics (1995-97), the chairperson of the Department of Economics (2003-2005) and a Research Fellow with the Labour Economics Programme of the Center for Economic Research Policy (CEPR, since 1996). She served on numerous national and international committees and organized several international conferences.
Shoshana Neuman is the author of over 50 scientific papers in international academic journals and a frequent reviewer for international journals and research foundations. She published in journals such as: JPE, Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of Human Resources, JEBO, The Journal of Population Economics, The European Economic Review, and Economic Inquiry (to name a few). With Jacques Silber she edited special issues of the Journal of Econometrics and of Research on Economic Inequality.
She received many research grants and awards. Two large-scale projects were funded the European Union.
Shoshana is married with six children. Her oldest daughter finished her Ph.D. in Health Economics, which led to the opportunity to work on joint papers.
Shoshana Neuman joined IZA as Research Fellow in October 1999.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9338

An extensive body of research related to immigrants in a variety of countries has documented a "healthy immigrant effect" (HIE). When immigrants arrive in the host country they are healthier than comparable native populations, but their health status may deteriorate with additional years in the country. HIE is explained through...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8754

We study the health determinants of immigrant men and women over the age of fifty, in Europe, and compare them to natives. We utilize the unique Survey of Health Aging and Retirement (SHARE) and augmented it with macroeconomic information on the 22 home countries and 16 host countries. Using Multilevel...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8750

Till the early-1990s the collectively-bargained labor contract (between the trade-union that presented the employees, and the employer or the employers'-association) was the norm, granting salaried workers a stable and protected labor contract. Thereafter, and more significantly after 1995, the share of unionized workers dropped constantly, to almost half of its...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8529

It is now common to use the individual's self-assessed-health-status (SAHS) as a measure of health. The use of SAHS is supported by numerous studies that show that SAHS is a better predictor of mortality and morbidity than medical records. The 2011 wave of the rich Survey of Health Aging and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7683

This study explores the effect of several personal religion-related variables on social behaviour, using three paradigmatic economic games: the dictator (DG), ultimatum (UG), and trust (TG) games. A large carefully designed sample of a Spanish urban adult population (N=766) is employed. From participants' decisions in these games we obtain measures...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6384
revised version published as 'Bridges or Buffers? Motives behind Immigrants' Religiosity' in: IZA Journal of Migration, 2013, 2:23. A different revised version published as 'Immigration-Religiosity Intersections at the Two Sides of the Atlantic: Europe and the United States' in: Constant A. and Zimmermann K. (eds.), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, 2013, Eward Elgar Publishing

This study reviews and evaluates the intertwined relationship between immigration and religiosity, focusing on the two sides of the Atlantic – Europe and the United States. Based on the existing literature and on a statistical analysis of several data sets (the International Social Survey Program – ISSP: Module Religion, 2008;...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4980
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2013, 26 (3), 1129-1174

This study presents an evolutionary process of secularization that integrates a theoretical model, simulations, and an empirical estimation that employs data from 32 countries (included in the International Social Survey Program: Religion II – ISSP, 1998). Following Bisin and Verdier (2000, 2001a), it is assumed that cultural/social norms are transmitted...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3287
published in: Behavioral Decision Making, 2010, 23, 288-313

This paper provides an empirical demonstration of high stakes incentives in relation to religious practice. It shows that, when both positive (carrot) and negative (stick) incentives are available, the former are more effective than the latter. Specifically, it is shown that beliefs in heaven are much more relevant than beliefs...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3251
revised version, published as: 'Determinants of Disaffiliation: An International Study', in: Religions, 2013, 4(1), 166-185

The current study examines individuals who were raised in a certain religion and at some stage of their life left it. Currently, they define their religious affiliation as ‘no religion’. A battery of explanatory variables (country-specific ones, personal attributes and marriage variables) was employed to test for the determinants of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3238
Einat Neuman, Shoshana Neuman
published in: Judgment and Decision Making, 2008, 3(2), 162-173

A Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) in the health-care sector is used to test the loss aversion theory that is derived from reference-dependent preferences: The absolute subjective value of a deviation from a reference point is generally greater when the deviation represents a loss than when the same-sized change is perceived...