Manuel Trajtenberg

 

  Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg
Head of the National Economic Council                                                                  

 

Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg is the Head of the National Economic Council at the Prime Minister's office of Israel. The National Economics Council was enacted by Government Resolution in September 2006. Its functions include: Formulating economic growth and gap narrowing policy initiatives; regularly advising the Prime Minister on economic and social issues; advising the Prime assessing State Budget proposals before submittal to the Cabinet; evaluating specific budgetary issues and Cabinet and Knesset Committee agenda items. 

 

Prof. Trajtenberg is a professor at the Ethan Bergles School for Economics at Tel Aviv University.  He holds a PhD from Harvard University, is a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Boston and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London, served as an adviser to the World Bank on policy innovation and growth and has been a visiting professor at Stanford and Harvard Universities. His academic fields of interest include R&D, growth, industrial organization, patents, science policies and technological innovation.

 

Trajtenberg has published books and various articles in leading scientific journals, and is considered to be one of the world leading experts in the in these fields.  Trajtenberg is involved for many years in the development of the Israeli economy, especially in fields of R&D, productivity and growth. He served as an advisor to various ministers and chief scientists at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, and was highly involved in developing Israel's R&D policies.