MICHAEL BEN-GAD is professor of economics at City, University of London and has served as head of the Department of Economics between 2010 to 2013. He has worked in the research department of the Bank of Israel and was a faculty member of the University of Houston and the University of Haifa and a visiting professor at the Central European University and the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University. He serves on the academic advisory group of the Tax Administration Research Centre (TARC), sponsored by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, HM Treasury, and HM Customs and previously served on the council of the Israel Economic Association. His research focuses on dynamic macroeconomics with applications to taxation, public debt, the economic effects of immigration, optimal fiscal policy, and the emergence of multiple equilibria in models of economic growth. He has written on immigration, fiscal policy, macroeconomic theory and defense policy and has published in many peer-reviewed journals.
Professor Ben-Gad was part of a team of researchers who investigated the effect of immigration into the United States over a 20-year period. Published by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and funded by the MacArthur Foundation. the report provides a comprehensive assessment of economic and demographic trends of immigration, its impact on the labour market and wages of native-born workers, and its fiscal impact at the national, state and local levels.