Current Research

Current Research

Yossi Shavit’s research interests include social stratification and inequality with special focus on education and educational policy. He is also studying ethnic relations and immigration. With Uri Shwed, Shavit is studying Arab-Jewish mixed schools in Israel. Under funding from the Jacobs Foundation, the study maps the social relations between Arab and Jewish students who attend the few mixed schools in Israel with the objective of identify the institutional conditions that are conducive to the social integration of Arabs and Jews in Israeli schools. With Michael Shalev, and under funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Shavit is studying the socio-economic factors that have led to the social protest movement in Israel in 2011. Two competing hypotheses are tested: that the movement was motivated by declining socio-economic opportunities faced by young adults, and that it was a desperate attempt by the political Center-left to topple Natanayahu’s political coalition.