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Government Appoints Amir Yaron as New Governor of the Bank of Israel

Government Appoints Amir Yaron as New Governor of the Bank of Israel

The Israeli-American economist has spent the last 20 years in the U.S. He is currently a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Zvi Zerahia and Adi Pick  | 12:57  18.11.2018
The Israeli government approved on Sunday the appointment of Israeli-American economist Amir Yaron as Governor of the Bank of Israel.

Yaron will take up his post in a few weeks, replacing the bank’s Deputy Governor Nadine Baudot-Trajtenberg, who has been serving as acting governor since former Governor Karnit Flug has stepped down, after a five-year tenure. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon announced Yaron as their selection for governor in October.
Amir Yaron. Photo: The Wharton School Amir Yaron. Photo: The Wharton School Amir Yaron. Photo: The Wharton School
54-year-old Yaron, who holds dual Israeli-American citizenship, has spent the last 20 years in the U.S. Yaron has a master’s degree in economics from Tel Aviv University and holds both a master’s and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. He is currently a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Flug’s last major decision as governor of Israel’s central bank was to keep the interest rate at 0.1%, the same rate since March 2015, despite government pressure. The next decision regarding the interest rate will be made later this month.

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