This book offers the only comprehensive overview of the Palestinian economy in the West Bank and Gaza. It focuses on the unique features of this unusual economy during the last thirty years. Under Israeli occupation, the Palestinian economy suffered from poorly developed domestic labor and capital markets, and considerable dependence on the highly developed Israeli economy for employment, trade and financial resources.
The book analyses past trends, present conditions and alternative arrangements for the future. A comprehensive data set is used and, for the first time, the public is presented with a detailed picture of the Palestinian economy, with tables and graphs. The authors propose new institutional arrangements between the Palestinian and Israeli economies - an economic filters plan - which will promote neither total integration nor total separation.
The book will be of great value to anyone interested in the political economy of the Middle East, the economics of occupation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Avia Spivak and
Jimmy Weinblatt are affiliated with the Ben-Gurion University in Israel. They all have published extensively in the field of economic theory and thought and on topics related to the Palestinian economy.
This work is especially interesting because it is written by Israeli economists and reflects some of the views of the Israeli policy makers, hitherto kept under a cloud of secrecy, on how to deal with the occupied region.' S. Behdad,
Academic libraries, specialists and all those interested in the fields of economics, politics, Middle East, and Conflict Relation.