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Professor Michael Ben-Gad

Professor of Economics

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Economics

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Overview

Professor Ben-Gad obtained his BA in Economics at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. He has worked in the Research Department of the Bank of Israel, and taught at the University of Houston and the University of Haifa.

He joined City as a Reader in 2007 and served as Head of Department between 2010 to 2013. His research focuses on Dynamic Macroeconomics with applications to taxation, public debt, the economic effects of immigration, as well as the emergence of multiple equilibria in models of economic growth.

Between 2014 to 2016, Professor Ben-Gad served on the US National Academy of Sciences panel on the The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration.

In 2011 he completed research funded by an ESRC grant that is funded by HM Treasury and HMRC on fiscal policy and immigration.

Professor Ben-Gad has recently appeared on the BBC, CNBC and in the Wall Street Journal discussing the global financial crisis. In 2017 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Qualifications

  1. PhD, University of Chicago, United States, 1996
  2. AM, University of Chicago, United States, 1992
  3. BA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 1988

Employment

  1. Head of Department, City, University of London, 2010 – 2013
  2. Professor, City, University of London, 2009 – present
  3. Deputy Head of Department, City, University of London, 2008 – 2010
  4. Int. Faculty, International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University, 2008 – present
  5. Visiting Assistant Professor, Central European University, Budapest, 2002
  6. Lecturer, University of Haifa, 2001 – 2007
  7. Assistant Professor, University of Houston, 1995 – 2001
  8. Economist, Bank of Israel, 1986 – 1989

Memberships of Professional Organisations

  1. Panel member, U.S. National Academicy of Sciences panel on the Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration
  2. Member, Academic Advisory Group, Tax Administration Research Centre (TARC), HM Revenue and Customs/HM Treasury/ESRC

Languages

Hebrew (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review).

Research

Research grants and scholarships

- HMRC/HMT/ESRC Joint Research Programme, 2011 (research grant RES 194-23-00-0020).
- Israel Science Foundation, "Distortionary Taxation, Public Debt, and Immigration" 2007-2008, (research grant no. 49/06).
- Economics and National Security, Samuel Ne'eman Foundation, Technion, 2004. (research grant no. 358, shared with Prof. Yakov Ben-Haim).
- Edelstein Foundation for Population Research, 2002.
- Advanced Research Program, Social Sciences Research Grant, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, State of Texas, 1997-99 (research grant no. 003652-836).
- Research Initiation Grant, University of Houston, 1996.
- Bradley Foundation Grant, University of Chicago, 1994-95.
- Henry Morgenthau Jr. Memorial Scholarship in Public Finance, University of Chicago, 1994.
- Century Scholarship, University of Chicago, 1989-93.

Publications

  1. Ben-Gad, M. On the Political Economy of Deficit Bias and Immigration. The Economic Journal .
  2. Ben-Gad, M. The Optimal Taxation of Asset Income when Government Consumption is Endogenous: Theory, Estimation and Welfare. Economic Inquiry .

Book

  1. Panel on the Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration, and Ben-Gad, M. (2016). The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration. Blau, F.D. and Mackie, C. (Eds.), Washington, D.C., USA: The National Academies Press. ISBN 978-0-309-44445-3.

Chapters (3)

  1. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and Ben-Gad, M. (2017). Employment and Wage Impacts of Immigration: Theory. In Blau, F.D. and Mackie, C. (Eds.), The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration (pp. 165–196). Washington, D. C.: The National Academies Press. ISBN 978-0-309-44445-3.
  2. Ben-Gad, (2015). Economists put the `Science` in Social Science. In Kishor, V. (Ed.), Economics for the Eager ISBN 978-1-925128-30-7.
  3. Ben-Gad, M. (2009). Analyzing Economic Policy Using High Order Perturbations. In Hurlington, C.W. (Ed.), Economic dynamics: Theory, Games and Empirical Studies New York: Nova Science Pub Inc. ISBN 978-1-60456-911-7.

Conference Paper/Proceedings

  1. Ben-Gad, M. (2006). The impact of immigrant dynasties on wage inequality. .

Journal Articles (15)

  1. Ben-Gad, M. (2017). The Optimal Taxation of Asset Income when Government Consumption is Endogenous: Theory, Estimation and Welfare. Economic Inquiry, 55(4), pp. 1689–1711. doi:10.1111/ecin.12463.
  2. Ben-Gad, M. (2017). On the Political Economy of Deficit Bias and Immigration. The Economic Journal .
  3. Ben-Gad, M. (2013). International Migration in the Age of Crisis and Globalization. ECONOMICA, 80(318), pp. 379–380. doi:10.1111/ecca.12019.
  4. Ben-Gad, M. (2012). The two sector endogenous growth model: An atlas. Journal of Macroeconomics, 34(3), pp. 706–722. doi:10.1016/j.jmacro.2012.03.005.
  5. Ben-Gad, M. (2009). Economic 'impact' is a poor basis for funding decisions. Research Fortnight .
  6. Ben-Gad, M. (2008). Capital-skill complementarity and the immigration surplus. Review of Economic Dynamics, 11(2), pp. 335–365.
  7. Ben-Gad, M. (2006). The Impact of Immigrant Dynasties on Wage Inequality. Research in Labor Economics, 24, pp. 77–134.
  8. Ben-Gad, M. (2004). The welfare effects of the reagan deficits: A portfolio choice approach. Economic Inquiry, 42(3), pp. 441–454. doi:10.1093/ei/cbh072.
  9. Ben-Gad, M. (2004). The Economic Effects of Immigration---a Dynamic Analysis. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 28(9), pp. 1825–1845. doi:10.1016/j.jedc.2003.04.008.
  10. Ben-Gad, M. (2004). Taxes, the Debt Burden, and the Economic Program. Labor, Society and Law, 10, pp. 241–256.
  11. Ben-Gad, M. (2004). Measuring the Welfare Effects of the Reagan Deficits: A Portfolio Choice Approach. Econonic Inquiry, 42, pp. 441–454.
  12. Ben-Gad, M. (2003). Fiscal Policy and Indeterminacy in Models of Endogenous Growth. Journal of Economic Theory, 108(2), pp. 322–344.
  13. Ben-Gad, M. (2000). The Incidence of Deficit Finance with Imperfect Capital Markets. Southern Economic Journal, 66(3), pp. 649–666.
  14. Ben-Gad, M. (1999). Balanced-Growth-Consistent Recursive Utility and Heterogenous Agents. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 23(3), pp. 459–462. doi:10.1016/S0165-1889(98)00005-0.
  15. Ben-Gad, M. (1989). The Fiscal and Monetary Dynamics of Israeli Infation: A Cointegrated Analysis 1970-1987. Centre for Economic Policy Research Discussion Paper Series, 290 .

Media (20)

  1. Ben-Gad, M. Classifying economists.
  2. Ben-Gad, M. Correspondence on classifying Economists.
  3. Ben-Gad, M. Into the labyrinth.
  4. Ben-Gad, M. A capital offence.
  5. Ben-Gad, M. What you didn't hear in the budget.
  6. Ben-Gad, M. Smoothing the Way.
  7. Ben-Gad, M. The Power of Macroeconomic Predictions.
  8. Ben-Gad, M. Economic 'impact' is a poor basis for funding decisions.
  9. Ben-Gad, M. Autumn Statement: the experts respond.
  10. Ben-Gad, M. Greece economy rallies while Germany stutters but restraint still required.
  11. Ben-Gad, M. Ignore the armchair economists, Osborne’s plan is sensible.
  12. Ben-Gad, M. Manifesto Check: the bizarre economic creed of the Greens.
  13. Ben-Gad, M. Greece’s path out of the euro.
  14. Ben-Gad, M. The tiny Estonian town that could spell the end of NATO.
  15. Ben-Gad, M. Could an end to corporate tax help Britain’s Brexit-burdened finances?
  16. Ben-Gad, M. Correspondence on Macroeconomic Theory.
  17. Ben-Gad, M. The Economist is the Commissar's Worst Enemy.
  18. Ben-Gad, M. A Fence for a Time of Peace.
  19. Ben-Gad, M. Correspondence on immigration of academics and scientists.
  20. Ben-Gad, M. Correspondence on immigration and taxation.

Scholarly Editions (5)

  1. Ben-Gad, M. (2013). Public Deficit Bias and Immigration.
  2. Ben-Gad, M. (2008). The Two Sector Endogenous Growth Model and the Intertemporal Elasticity of Substitution: An Atlas.
  3. Ben-Gad, M. Capital-Skill Complementarity and the Immigration Surplus.
  4. Beenstock, M. and Ben-Gad, M. The Fiscal and Monetary Dynamics of Israeli Inflation: A Cointegrated Analysis 1970-1987.
  5. Ben-Gad, M. An Analysis of Immigration in a Dynamic Macroeconomic Model.

Working Papers (5)

  1. Ben-Gad, M. (2015). Allocating Security Expenditures under Knightian Uncertainty: an Info-Gap Approach. London, UK: City University London.
  2. Ben-Gad, M. (2015). The Optimal Taxation of Asset Income when Government Consumption is Endogenous: Theory, Estimation and Welfare. London, UK: City University London.
  3. Ben-Gad, M. (2012). On Deficit Bias and Immigration. City, University of London.
  4. Ben-Gad, M. (2009). The two sector endogenous growth model: an atlas. London, UK: City, University of London.
  5. Ben-Gad, M. (2008). Analyzing Economic Policy Using High Order Perturbations. London, UK: City, University of London.

Education

Interests

Macroeconomics, public finance, the economics of immigration, economic growth.

Other Activities

Keynote Lectures/Speeches (2)

  1. Welcome to the Long-Run. London (2012). Family Office Leadership Summit
  2. Finance and Economics conference: the future of The City. London (2013).

Online Articles (14)

  1. The Power of Macroeconomics Predictions. GTNews: Perspective Guiding Global Treasury and Finance
  2. Economic ‘Impact’ is a Poor Basis for Funding Decisions. Research Fortnight
  3. Correspondence on Macroeconomics Theory. Financial Times
  4. The Economist is the Commissar's Worst Enemy. Ha’aretzIn Hebrew
  5. A Fence for A Time of Peace. Ha’aretzIn Hebrew
  6. Correspondence on Immigration and Taxation. New Republic, 223(17)
  7. Correspondence on Immigration of Academic and Scientists. New Republic, 220(19)
  8. Ignore the armchair economists, Osborne’s plan is sensible. The Conversation
  9. The tiny Estonian town that could spell the end of NATO. The Conversation
  10. Greece’s path out of the euro. The Conversation
  11. Smoothing the way: The Great Moderation. FT Advisor
  12. What you didn’t hear in the Budget. FT Advisor
  13. A capital offence. FT Advisor
  14. Into the Labyrinth. FT Advisor

Television Programmes (4)

  1. Talking Business. BBC World News
  2. Daily Politics. BBC 50p tax tate: Economist Michael Ben-Gad calls for rethink

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14822915
  3. BBC News. BBC Professor Michael Ben-Gad, Head of the Economics department at City University London comments on the UK Government's Comprehensive Spending Review on BBC News 20 October 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbmZpOtt0Co
  4. Rescue Package for Ireland? CNBC Pressure on the euro fueled by rumors related to Ireland will persist as we head into the weekend and next week. Professor Michael Ben-Gad, head of economics at City University London and Moorad Choudry, head of business treasury at the Royal Bank of Scotland joined CNBC to discuss the outlook.

    http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=1641922460