Arab Israelis: Patterns of Labor Force Participation
דפוסי ההשתתפות של ערביי ישראל בשוק העבודה
Eran Yashiv and Nitsa Kasir
This paper examines patterns of labor force participation of Israeli Arabs. The paper presents data and estimates of participation equations. Two key findings are:
The life-cycle participation profile of Arab men is non-standard, with a steep fall at a relatively early age
A low average participation rate for Arab women, with substantial variance cross-sectionally.
Explanations of these phenomena include:
For men - employment in professions requiring physical skills leads to early retirement while relying on family support; for women - the effect on participation of factors that characterize the individual as "modern" or "traditional."