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The Mystery of the Kibbutz

The Mystery of the Kibbutz

Wydawnictwo Princeton University Press
Data wydania 01/02/2018
Wydanie Pierwsze
Liczba stron 360
Forma publikacji książka w twardej oprawie
Poziom zaawansowania Dla szkół wyższych i kształcenia podyplomowego
Język angielski
ISBN 9780691177533
Kategorie Historia: kultura i społeczeństwo, Ideologie polityczne, Ekonomia: teoria i filozofia, Nauki polityczne
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Opis książki

How kibbutzim thrived for much of the twentieth century despite their inherent economic contradictions The kibbutz is a social experiment in collective living that challenges traditional economic theory. By sharing all income and resources equally among its members, the kibbutz system created strong incentives to free ride or--as in the case of the most educated and skilled--to depart for the city. Yet for much of the twentieth century kibbutzim thrived, and kibbutz life was perceived as idyllic both by members and the outside world. In The Mystery of the Kibbutz, Ran Abramitzky blends economic perspectives with personal insights to examine how kibbutzim successfully maintained equal sharing for so long despite their inherent incentive problems. Weaving the story of his own family's experiences as kibbutz members with extensive economic and historical data, Abramitzky sheds light on the idealism and historic circumstances that helped kibbutzim overcome their economic contradictions. He illuminates how the design of kibbutzim met the challenges of thriving as enclaves in a capitalist world and evaluates kibbutzim's success at sustaining economic equality. By drawing on the stories of his pioneering grandmother who founded a kibbutz, his uncle who remained in a kibbutz his entire adult life, and his mother who was raised in and left the kibbutz, Abramitzky brings to life the rise and fall of the kibbutz movement. The lessons that The Mystery of the Kibbutz draws from this unique social experiment extend far beyond the kibbutz gates, serving as a guide to societies that strive to foster economic and social equality. "[This book] draws on extensive statistical data to analyse this paradox, along with many stories of his relatives who forged, embraced and sometimes rejected the kibbutz way of life." * Times Higher Education *

The Mystery of the Kibbutz

Spis treści

The kibbutz puzzle 1


1 How my grandparents helped create a kibbutz 21

2 A bird's-eye view 39

3 Why an economist might create a kibbutz 59


4 On the creation versus survival of societies 79

5 The free-rider problem 87

6 The adverse selection and brain drain problems 105

7 The problem of human capital investment 161


8 The shift away from equal sharing 181

9 Why some kibbutzim remained egalitarian and others did not 198

10 The consequences of rising income inequality 224

11 On the (lack of) stability of communes: an economic perspective 250

12 Economic lessons in a nutshell 283

13 Epilogue 292

Kibbutz timeline 297

Acknowledgments 301

References 305

Index 325

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