Manuel Trajtenberg (Hebrew: מנואל טרכטנברג born
21 September 1950) is an Israeli economist and chair of the Planning
and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education in Israel.
He was appointed by Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu in
August 2011 to lead a committee for negotiations with the Israeli
protesters and for recommending economic measures to overcome the
Trajtenberg joined the
Zionist Union list in December 2014 and was
elected to the Knesset in 2015. However, he left politics in 2017.
Trajtenberg was born in Córdoba, Argentina, and emigrated to Israel
at the age of 16. He graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
with a major in economics in 1973 and completed a master's degree in
economics and sociology in 1976, also at the Hebrew University. In
1984 he received his Ph.D. from
Harvard University for work entitled
"Economic Analysis of Product Innovation: The Case of CT Scanners."
Upon completing his Ph.D., he returned to Israel, and has since been
serving as a professor in the
Tel-Aviv University School of Economics.
Trajtenberg served in several public roles. He was a consultant to the
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor and to the Prime Minister's
Office. In 2006 he was appointed the first chair of the Israeli
National Economic Council, a post from which he resigned in 2009. In
2011, he was appointed to head a committee for negotiating with the
Israeli protesters and recommending economic measures to overcome the
Trajtenberg said the government ignored his committee's
recommendations to alleviate the housing shortage and skyrocketing
prices as those issues were highlighted in the
Olim L'Berlin campaign
in the summer of 2014.
He is a member of Beit Daniel, Israel's flagship Reform congregation,
in Tel Aviv.
In September 2017 Trajtenberg announced that he was resigning from the
Knesset; he was replaced by Saleh Saad.
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Personal homepage in the
Tel-Aviv University website
CV from Trajtenberg's homepage
Trajtenberg to the protesters in Tel-Aviv: No chance gov't will bury
my report - The protests are too powerful (in Hebrew), Globes, August
Manuel Trajtenberg on the Knesset website
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