Prof. Nava Kahana

Prof. Nava Kahana
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Research interests: 
Comparative Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Migration and Political Economy


B.S.C. : Mathematics and Economics, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 1969.
Teacher's Diploma : Mathematics, Bar-Ilan University, 1971.
M.A. : Economics, with distinction, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1971.
Ph.D. : Economics, Bar-Ilan University, 1980. Thesis title: On the Economic Policy of Firms Under Price Uncertainty. Supervisor: Professor Jacob Paroush.


Professor, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University, 2008

Chair, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University, 1998-2002

Academic Director of Economic Studies, Bar-Ilan Extension College, 1995-1998, 2002-2005

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University, 1993

Visiting Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, 1994-1995

Visiting Scholar, University of British Columbia, Fall 1993

Vice Chair, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University, 1992 - 1993

Tenure, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University, 1987-

Senior Lecturer, Bar-Ilan University, 1987-1993

Lecturer, Bar-Ilan University, 1981-1987

Instructor, Bar-Ilan University, 1978-1981

Teaching Assistant, Bar-Ilan University, 1968-1978



Teaching Experience


Price Theory (on both undergraduate and graduate levels)


Economics of Uncertainty
Comparative Economics

Major Research Areas

Comparative Economic Systems until 1996, and currently, Migration, Political Economy, The Economics of Judaism and Applied Microeconomics.

Editorial Board  
Journal of Comparative Economics, 1993-1995
The Open Demography Journal, 2008-
Selected Professional Activities  
Member of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) Selection Committee, 2002
Member, Nomination Committee for the Israel Prize in Economics, 2002
Director, Ahrayut Trust Funds Management Ltd., 2001-2003
Director, Board of Directors, Global Investment Bank (B.H.) Ltd., 2003
Director, Board of Directors, Gilad -Pension, 2003-
Research Institution Affiliations  
2006- Research Fellow, IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn


Academic Awards

1987 Winner of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies Paper Competition: "The Theory of a Dividend - Constrained Employment Maximizing Labor-Managed Firm," (with S. Nitzan).
2000 Excellent Lecturer Award, awarded by the students' union.
2001 Excellent Lecturer Award, awarded by the students' union.


Institutional Grants

Pivotal in founding the Aharon Meir Center for the Research and Study of Banking at Bar -Ilan University, and in raising nearly $1,250,000 for the operation of the Center.




Guest Editor

Special issue of Journal of Comparative Economics on "Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Labor-Managed Firms," (with Yehuda Don and Avi Weiss) 16, December 1992.



Book Edited

1. Jewish Society and Culture, Ramat-Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press, 2007, 206 pages (with Carmel Chiswick and Tikva Lecker).



Chapters in Refereed Books

2. "Human Capital and the Economics of Religion," in Carmel Chiswick, Tikva Lecker and Nava Kahana eds. Jewish Society and Culture, Ramat-Gan : Bar-Ilan University Press, 2007, pp. 87-102, (with G. Hollander and T. Lecker).



Refereed Journal Articles

3. "The Cooperative Firm Under Inflationary Conditions," Israel Economic Papers, 1977, pp. 361-365, (with J. Paroush in Hebrew).

4. "Price Uncertainty and the Cooperative Firm," American Economic Review, 70, 1980, pp. 212- 216, (with J. Paroush).

5. "Price Uncertainty and the Price Discriminating Firm in International Trade," International Economic Review, 23, 1982, pp. 389-400, (with E. Katz and J. Paroush).

6. "A Multi-Factor Labor-Managed Firm Under Price Uncertainty," Eastern Economic Journal, 10, 1984, pp. 23-29, (with J. Paroush).

7. "Measuring Consumer's Surplus in the Factor Market," Atlantic Economic Journal, 15, 1987, pp. 59-62, (with T. Darvish-Lecker).

8. "The Ratchet Principle - A Diagrammatic Interpretation," Journal of Comparative Economics, 11, 1987, pp. 245-249, (with T. Darvish-Lecker).

9. "The Nature of Utility in Jewish Law," International Review of Law and Economics, 7, 1987, pp. 127-131, (with T. Darvish-Lecker).

10. "The Multifactor Illyrian Firm Revisited Comment," Journal of Comparative Economics, 11, 1987, pp. 611-612.

11. "Do Egalitarian Labor-Managed Enterprises Respond Perversely?" Economic Analysis and Workers' Management, 4, 1987, pp. 465-467, (with U. Spiegel).

12. "On the Responses of the Labor-Managed and Entrepreneurial Monopolies to a Change in Market Conditions: An Extension," Journal of Comparative Economics, 12, 1988, pp. 235-239, (with J. Deutsch).

13. "A Note on the Output Effect of the Profit-Constrained Sales-Maximizing Firm Under Price Discrimination," Managerial and Decision Economics, 9, 1988, pp. 205-207, (with J. Deutsch).

14. "On the Definition of Price Discrimination," Economic Inquiry, 26, 1988, pp. 775-777, (with U. Spiegel).

15. "Production Theory with Profit-Constrained Revenue - Maximization: The Duality Approach," Managerial and Decision Economics, 9, 1988, pp. 269-273, (with S. Nitzan).

16. "The Ratchet Principle: A Multi-Period Flexible Incentive Scheme," European Economic Review, 33, 1989, pp. 51-57, (with T. Darvish-Lecker).

17. "Inflationary Expectation and Consumption over Time," The American Economist, 1990, pp. 85-87, (with T. Darvish-Lecker).

18. "The Duality Approach in the Case of Labour-Managed Firms," Oxford Economic Papers, 41, 1989, pp. 567-572.

19. "More on Alternative Objectives of Labor-Managed Firms," Journal of Comparative Economics, 13, 1989, pp. 527-538, (with S. Nitzan).

20. "Monopoly, Price Discrimination and Rent seeking," Public Choice, 64, 1990, pp. 93- 100, (with E. Katz).

21. "Study-Grant Schemes and Effort: An Economic Model," Bulletin of Economic Research, 42, 1990, pp. 229-239, (with T. Darvish-Lecker).

22. "A Note on Asymmetric Taxation and the Theory of the Labor-Managed Firm," Journal of Comparative Economics, 15, 1991, pp. 485-490, (with E. Katz).

23. "The Destination Decision of Political Migrants: An Economic Approach," Journal of Population Economics, 5, 1992, pp. 145-153, (with T. Darvish-Lecker).

24. "The Efficiency of Labor-Managed Firms with Heterogeneous Workers," Economic Analysis and Workers' Management, 26, 1992, pp. 244-254, (with A. Weiss).

25. "Absenteeism: A Comparison of Incentives in Alternative Organizations," Journal of Comparative Economics, 16, December 1992, pp. 573-595, (with A. Weiss).

26. "Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Labor-Managed Firms: Editors' Introduction," Journal of Comparative Economics, 16, 1992, pp. 567-572, (with Y. Don and A. Weiss).

27. "The Theory of the Labor-Managed Firm Revisited: The Voluntary Interactive Approach," The Economic Journal, 103, 1993, pp. 937-945, (with S. Nitzan).

28. "On the Revisited Illyrian Model and Perversity, the Case of the Long-Run" Bulletin of Economic Research, 46, 1994, pp. 131-137, (with A. Weiss).

29. "Do Multiplant Labor-Managed Monopolies Exist? A Comment," Journal of Comparative Economics, 18, 1994, pp. 198-201.

30. "The Size of the Executive Board of Labor-Managed Firms," in D. Jones and J. Svejnar (eds.), Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor Managed Firms, 5, 1995, pp. 175-183, (with J. Paroush).

31. "Price Uncertainty and the Labor Managed Firm: Comment," Southern Economic Journal, 62 (3), 1996, pp. 774-775, (with J. Paroush).

32. "Uncertain Preassigned Non-Contestable and Contestable Rents," European Economic Review, 43 (9), 1999, pp. 1705-1721, (with S. Nitzan). Reprinted in: The Theory of Rent Seeking: Forty Years of Research. Congleton, Hillman and Konrad, editors, Springer, Heidelberg and Berlin, 2007.

33. "When Pretence Can Be Beneficial," Theory and Decision, 48, 2000, pp. 85-99, (with Tikva Lecker).

34. "Property Rights on Women's Earnings in Jewish Law," Contemporary Jewry, 21, 2000, pp. 57-67, (with G. Hollander and T. Lecker).

35. "Pre-assigned Rents and Bureaucratic Friction," Economics of Governance, 3(3), 2002, pp. 241-248, (with S. Nitzan).

36. "Religious and Secular Human Capital: An Economic Model," The Journal of Socio- Economics, 32, 2003, pp 489-498, (with G. Hollander and T. Lecker).

37. "Competition as a Track for Preventing Illegal Immigration," Economics of Governance, 6 (1), 2005, pp. 33-39, (with T. Lecker).

38. "On the Surge of Altruism," Journal of Population Economics, 18(2), 2005, pp. 261-266.

39. "How to Partly Bounce Back the Struggle Against Illegal Immigration to the Source Countries," Journal of Population Economics, 19 (2), 2006, pp. 315-325, (with G. Dula and T. Lecker).

40. "Lenient Policy Proposal for the Struggle Against Illegal Immigration," Research in Labor Economics, 24, 2006, pp. 167-175, (with T. Lecker).

41. "On the Equal Marginal Value Principle: A Comment," Atlantic Economic Journal (Anthology section), 35(1), 2007.

42. "Foreign Aid and Illegal Immigration: Comment," Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 5(4), 2007, pp. 49-57.

43. "Child Labor and Temporary Emigration," Economics Letters, 99, 2008, pp. 545- 548, (with G.S., Epstein).

44. " Second-Degree Price Discrimination: A Graphical Approach to Welfare Applications," The Journal of Economic Education, 40(1) ,2009 , pp. 68-79, (with C. Gotlibovski).

45. "The Role of Marriage in Immigrants' Human Capital Investment under Liquidity Constraints," Journal of Population Economics, 22(4), 2009, pp. 983-1003, (with S. Cohen-Goldner and C. Gotlibovski).

46. "Bundling and Menus of Two-Part Tariffs: Comment," Journal of Industrial Economics,  56(4), 2008, pp.863,(with C. Gotlibovski, S. Kolay and G. Shaffer).

47. "A Complete Implementation of the Efficient Allocation of Pollution," Economics Letters, 101(2) , 2008, pp.142-144, (with Y. Mealem and S. Nitzan).

48. "The Efficient and Fair Approval of "Multiple-Cost - Single-Benefit" Projects under Unilateral Information", Journal of Public Economic Theory, 11(6), 2009, pp. 947-960 ,(with Y. Mealem and S. Nitzan).

49. "Endemic Corruption", European Journal of Political Economy, 26(1) , 2010 , pp. 82-88, (with Liu Qijun).

50. "Rent Seeking and the Excess Burden of Taxation" , European Journal of Political Economy,35, 2014 , pp. 158-167, (with Doron Klunover).

51. "A Note on Poisson Contests" , Public Choice, 165(1) , 2015, pp. 97-102, (with Doron Klunover). 

52. "Complete rent dissipation when the number of rent seekers is uncertain", Economics Letters,141,2016, pp.8-10 (with Doron Klunover).

53.  "Private provision of a public good with time-allocation choice," Social Choice and Welfare, forthcoming (with Doron Klunover).


Reviews of Books in Periodicals  

1. Book review on "Individual Behavior and Social Choice in a Cooperative Settlement," by Pinhas Zusman in Journal of Comparative Economics, 14, 1990, 351-352.

2. Book review on "The Economic Theory of Socialism and Labour-managed Firm," by B. Jossa and G. Cuomo in International Journal of Manpower, 20, 1999, pp. 119-120,


International Conference and Sessions Organized

"Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Labor-Managed Firms," with Yehuda Don and Avi Weiss, Bar-Ilan University, May 25-28, 1992.

Organizer and Chair of a session on Immigration, Israel Economic Association Meetings, May 3, 2001.



Referee for Journals

Economics of Governance;
European Economic Review;
European Journal of Political Economy;
International Economic Review;
International Review of Economics & Finance;
Journal of Comparative Economics;
Journal of Development Economics;
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization;
Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics;
Journal of Population Economics;
Review of Economics of the Household;
The Journal of Socio-Economics;
The Scandinavian Journal of Economics.
Supervision of Graduate Students  

MA Students:

Moshe Glazman, 1989, on Selected Topics on the behavior of Firms under Uncertainty

Michal Cohen Yogev, 2006, on The Optimal Number of Settlements (with highest distinction).



PhD Students:

Odelia Rosin, 2008, on Obesity: Behavioral Economic Dimensions and Public Policy (with Arye L. Hillman)

Amichai Fishler, in progress, on Bureaucracy, Outsourcing and Corruption: Reconsideration

Michal Cohen Yogev is currently writing a proposal on Schooling Choice and the Marriage Market