Among Don Patinkin's contributions was his research on the economy of Israel. In his path-breaking survey, The Israel Economy: The First Decade, Don stressed the question of movement towards economic independence. It is therefore fitting that we devote some time this evening to a review of the development of this concept among Israeli economists over the years. Many economists dealt with this idea. In the brief time at my disposal, I can only mention some of them, and certainly cannot do justice to their contributions.

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