Gil S. Epstein obtained his doctorate in Economics and Statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 1994. After spending two and a half years at the University of Pennsylvania he joined the Department of Economics at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Gil is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and is an Associate Editor for economics. In addition, he is a Research Fellow in IZA and a Research Fellow in CReAM.

Gil has published in Journals such as Management Science, Journal of Development Economics, European Economic Review, Social Choice and Welfare and Journal of Public Economics. His book on Endogenous Public Policy and Contests (2007)(coauthored with Shmuel Nitzan) has been published by Springer. Gil also edited together with Ira N. Gang a volume on Migration and Culture (2010) which was published by Emerald.

His current research interests include issues in Political Economy, Public Choice, Labor Economics, Migration and Public Policy.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11371

In this paper, we focus on the effect of belonging to one or more minority groups on the probability of success in primary elections. Using a unique dataset of candidates in Israeli primaries, we find that while being a new immigrant, a woman or a Muslim decreases the chances of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11152
Anat Alexandron-Lavon, Gil S. Epstein, Renana Lindner Pomerantz

Reporters and editors may not have the same ideology. When an editor wants to employ a new reporter with a different ideology, they have to negotiate the price of moving from their own to the other's ideology. We focus on the job market for reporters, where the agents negotiate over...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11149

Can a society suffering contests between rich and poor achieve good governance in the face of endemic corruption? We examine a stylized poor state with weak institutions in which a "culture of evasion" damages state authority. Many evade tax payments, limiting the state's economic development capability. In the face of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11148

Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs. This lack of knowledge opens the door for groups to lobby in order to affect the government's taxation levels. We examine the political economy of decentralized revenue-raising authority in light of social protection expenditures by constructing a theoretical model...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9873

In this paper we identify two situations that can lead a firm to hire an executive who supports a corporate culture that differs from the firm's current culture. In the first case, there is similarity between the firm's culture and that of the candidate and in the second case, executives...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9762

In this paper, we examine possible types of network formation among immigrants in the diaspora and between those immigrants and the locals in different countries. We present the model by considering different possible interactions between immigrants and the new society in their host country. Spread of migrants from the same...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8955
forthcoming in: Managerial and Decision Economics, 2016

We analyze voluntary private contributions to public goods and the role seed money plays in signaling the public good's quality to potential subsequent contributors. We present a theoretical model and analyze two sets of naturally occurring data from crowd-funding platforms. After developing the theoretical background we find statistically significant switch...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8737
published in: Journal of Economic Studies, 2015, 42, (5), 908 - 928

Economic outcomes are compared for university graduates in Israel belonging to four different ethnic groups. A unique dataset is used that includes all individuals who graduated with a first degree from universities and colleges in Israel between the years 1995 and 2008 and which tracks them for up to 10...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8653
forthcoming in: Handbook on the Economics of Foreign Aid, edited by B. Mak Arvin and Byron Lew. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar

Donor aid organizations (DAOs) are multi-layered and multi-dimensional bureaucracies with many departments trying to find solutions to problems for countries, investing staff resources and effort into having an effect. A department may come into conflict with other departments because of personal and other rivalries, at least partly overlapping jurisdictions, and/or...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8625
Published as: Ethnic identity: a theoretical framework, IZA Journal of Migration (2015) 4:9

Recently, Constant, Gataullina, and Zimmermann (2009) established a new method to measure ethnic identity which they called the "ethnosizer". Using information on an individual's language, culture, social interactions, history of migration, and ethnic self-identification, the method classifies that individual into one of four states: assimilation, integration, separation or marginalization. A...