Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Political Sociology and Social Policy

Dr. Michal Koreh

Michal Koreh
Photo: Tamar Gat

Visiting Scholar


Curriculum Vitae













Dr. Michal Koreh is a political economist of the welfare state, her research relates to broad questions of welfare state development as well as contemporary processes of restructuring.  Her research also addresses specific social programs in the areas of social insurance financing, old age pensions, and unemployment insurance.

Dr. Koreh is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa. She received her PhD from the Hebrew university of Jerusalem and held a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University (NYU).

Dr. Koreh research has been published in leading journals such as the Socio-Economic Review, Journal of Social Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Public Administration and the Journal of European Public Policy


Mailing Address

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Unter den Linden 6

10099 Berlin

Universitätsstr. 3b, Raum 132
Consultation Hours
Nach Vereinbarung per Mail



Koreh, M, Mandelkern, R, & Shpaizmann, I (2019)." A dynamic theoretical framework of gradual institutional changes. Public Administration 97, 605-620.

Béland D. & Koreh, M (2018). Social Insurance as Fiscal Policy and State Building Tool: The Development and Politics of Payroll Contributions in Israel and Canada, Journal of Social Policy 48(1), 1-20. (lead article)

Mandelkern, R. & Koreh, M. (2018) Interrupting Gradual Institutional Change: How "Continuity Agents" have stalled and even Reversed Gradual Welfare State Reforms in Israel. Journal of European Public Policy 25 (11), 1706-1725.

Béland D. & Koreh, M. (2017) The Fiscal Side of Social Policy: State Building and Payroll Contributions in a Canadian province. Journal of Policy History; 29(4), 594-613.

Koreh M.  (2017). The Fiscal Politics of Welfare State Expansion: The Case of Social Insurance in Israel, Journal of European Social Policy 27(2), 158-172.

Koreh, M. & Béland D. (2017). Reconsidering Social Insurance: a Fiscal-Centered Perspective. Policy & Politics 45 (2), 271-286.

Koreh, M. & Béland D. (2017). The Fiscal Path to the State of Israel: Social Policy and State Building in the Yishuv during the Mandate Period. Israel Studies 22 (2), 145-168.

Soffer, M. Rimmerman, A. & Koreh, M. (2017) Politics of Geographic Exclusion: Deinstitutionalization, Hegemony and Persons with Intellectual Disability in Israel, Disability and Society 32(8), 1180-1198.

Feldman, G; Strier, R. and Koreh, M. (2016) Liquid Advocacy: Social Welfare Advocacy in Neoliberal Times, International Journal of Social Welfare. 26(3), 254-262

Koreh M. (2015). Political Economy of Social Insurance: Toward a Fiscal Centered Approach to Welfare State Development. Social policy & Administration 51(1), 114-132.

Chernichovsky, D, Koreh, M. Soffer, S., & Avrami, S. (2010). Long Term Care in Israel: Challenges and Reform Options. Health Policy 96(3), 217-225.

Koreh, M., & Shalev, M. (2009). Dialectics of Institutional Change: The transformation of social insurance financing in Israel. Socio-Economic Review 7 (4), 553-584 (lead article).

Koreh, M & Shalev, M. (2017). Pathways to Neoliberalism: The institutional logic of a welfare state reform.  In Maron, A. & Shalev, M. (ED) Neoliberalism as a State Project: Changing the Political Economy of Israel. Oxford University Press, 93-108.



Koreh, M. Wolf, R and Cohen, O. (2021) Fiscal Constriction in Social Insurance

Programs and its implications for the legislation of entitlement - Unemployment insurance as a test case. Social Security Journal (Bitachon Soziali)

Koreh, M, (2020). "The Deficit Crisis in the Israeli National Insurance Institute: Causes, Effects and Solutions. Social Security Journal (Bitachon Soziali) 108, 1-31.

Koreh, M. (2017). The Golden Age of the Israeli Welfare State; Iyunim Bitkumat Israel 11, 159-184.

Chernichovsky, D., & Koreh, M. (2009). Finance and Organization of Long Term Care in Israel: Issues and Suggested Guidelines for a Reform. Gerontology, Journal of Aging Studies 36, 117-140

Koreh, M., Gal, J., & Cohen, R. (2007). A Comparative perspective on Israel's Last Resort Safety Net. Social Security Journal (Bitachon Soziali), 74, 43-69

Koreh, M. (2004). Restructuring the welfare state and defunding the resource Base 1986-1997. Social Security Journal (Bitachon Soziali), 67, 62-82


Curriculum Vitae


Visiting Scholar, Humboldt University, Department of Social Sciences (August 2022- present)

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work, University of Haifa (March 2013 - Present).

Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University, Taub Center for Israel Studies (September 2011-August 2012).

Adjunct Lecturer of social work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (October 2012- September 2016).



PhD, School of Social Work and Social Welfare - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2011)

MA, Public Policy, Tel Aviv University (1998)

BA, Social Sciences, Bar Ilan University (1996)



Chair of the Doctoral Scholarship Committee of the Haifa center on the politics of inequality

Head of the undergraduate program (BA) in the School of Social Work

Board member of The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Poverty and Social Exclusion (CPSE), Haifa University

Member of the Taub Center, Social Welfare Policy Program

Board member of ESPANET Israel, The European network for social policy analysis

Board member of The Center for Research & Study of Aging (CRSA), Haifa University

2017- 2020
Editorial board of the Social Security Journal (Bitachon Soziali)

Research Associate at the Research and Information Center of the Israeli parliament (Knesset)




Funding Body

Project Title



The Israeli Academy for Sciences and Humanities

Grant for an International and Interdisciplinary Workshop on Economic and Social Vulnerabilities in old age




The Israel Science Foundation (ISF)

Pension Politics in

Israel: how the

interaction of financial

and social interests

affect old-age social





National Insurance Institute

The linkage between the financing structure and the income and allocation patterns of the National Insurance




“Families and Social Security in Israel in a comparative perspective“, given at the convention on Family, Gender and Economics, Bar Ilan University January 2018

“Shared mechanisms, distinctive outcomes: Social policy, fiscal interests and state building in Israel“, Seminar at the department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University, May 2017

“The golden age of the Israeli Welfare State“, given at the convention on 'the decade of 1967-1977: Continuity and change in Israel, Ben-Gurion University May 2017

“Social insurance as an instrument of social and fiscal policy“, given at the annual convention of the Labor Court Judges, Jerusalem July 2015

“Pension and intergenerational justice“, given at the convention on Intergenerational justice, pensions and nature resources. June 2014

 “The fiscal politics of welfare state expansion“, workshop at the Paris School of Economics, February 2013

“The Fiscal drivers behind the Golden Age of the Israeli Welfare state 1970-1975“ Conference at the Taub Center, New York University, December 2011



Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University (40,000 US$)

Doctoral Fellowship of 'The Harry and Sylvia Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility Program' ($50,000)


Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Social Policy & Administration, Socio-Economic Review, Society & Welfare (Hebrew), Social Security (Hebrew).



Organizing committee of “The Annual Conference of ESPANET Israel" Years, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019.

Co-organizer of “Fiscal and Economic Functions of Social Insurance and Its Repercussions for Social Policy” panel, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Conference, June 2019.

Co-organizer of " The fiscal and economic drivers of welfare state development and restructuring" workshop, Federmann School of Public Policy and Government, Hebrew University and The National Insurance Institute, January 2015.

Co-organizer of “Targeting, Progressivity and the Political Support for Social Insurance "” panel, Council for European Studies (CES) Annual Conference, June 2013.



European social policy network (ESPANET), Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), Council for European Studies (CES)



“A Silent Revolution of the Contributory Social Insurance Method“(with Michael Zemmour), 31st Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), New York City, June 2019

 “Is the Contributory Tax Method Transforming and Adopting Elements of the Income Tax“? (With Michael Zemmour) 16th annual conference of the European Social Policy network (ESPANET), Vilnius, August 2018

 “A Dynamic Theory of Gradual Institutional Changes: Evidence from Welfare State Reforms in Israel” (with Ronen Mandelkern and Ilana Shpaizman), 24th International Conference of Europeanists (CES), Glasgow, July 2017.

“Social Insurance, Payroll Taxes, and State Building: A Comparison between Québec and Israel“ (with Daniel Béland) RC 19 :The 2017 Annual Conference of the research committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy, North Carolina, June 2017.

“Continuity Agents: Evidence from “Jammed“, Welfare State Reforms in Israel“, 28th Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), Berkeley, June 2016.

“The Fiscal Politics of Welfare-State Expansion“, 20th International Conference of Europeanists (CES), Amsterdam, June 2013.

“Toward a Fiscal Centered Perspective to Welfare State Development“ The 24th Annual Conference of The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), Boston, June 2012.

“The Political Economy of Social Insurance Financing“, 35th annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, October 2011

“The Fiscal Drivers Behind the Golden Age of the Israeli Welfare State 1970-1975“ 23rd Annual meeting of the Society for the advancement of Socio – Economics (SASE), Madrid, June 2011



2013-present   Introduction to the welfare state (BA)

2013-present   Welfare economics (BA)

2018-present   Social work and the realization of social rights (BA)

2013-present   Israel as a welfare state (MA)

2013-2016       Political economy of the welfare state (MA)

2019               Welfare policy (PhD)