• Ph.D., Department of Economics, University of Chicago (1974-1977),
  • M.A., Department of Economics, University of Chicago (1972 -1974),
  • B.A. cum laude, Department of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1969-1972).

Hebrew (native), Polish (native), English (fluent), Russian (advanced), French (basic)

Itzhak Goldberg

CASE Fellow

CASE Fellow


  • microeconomics
  • socialist transition
  • privatization
  • investment climate
  • productivity
  • innovation



Current Positions:

  • CASE Fellow,
  • World Bank Advisor,
  • Independent Consultant,
  • Lecturer.

Previous Positions:

  • Lead Specialist/Senior Economist, Private/Financial Sectors Development, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank (1994-2002, 2005-2007),
  • Lead Specialist, Belgrade Office, Serbia and Montenegro, World Bank (2002 - 2005), 

  • Chief Economist/member of the executive management board, Dead Sea Works Limited, Israel (1979 - 1990), 

  • Research Fellow, Hoover Institution (1976-1979). 


Selected Publications:

  • "Can Russia Compete?", with Raj M. Desai, eds, Brookings Institution Press 2008
  • "Globalization and Technology Absorption in Europe and Central Asia: The Role of Trade, FDI and Cross-border Knowledge Flows", with Lee Branstetter, John Gabriel Goddard and Smita Kuriakose, World Bank Working Papers No. 150, 2008
  • "Methods and Institutions - How Do They Matter?: Lessons From Privatization and Restructuring in the Post-Socialist Transition" with John Nellis, chapter 8 in Ira Lieberman And Dan Knopf (eds.), "Privatization In Transition Economies: The Ongoing Story", Elsevier JAI, 2008
  • "Building Knowledge Based Economies and Absorptive Capacity to Enhance Growth", with Gabriel Goddard and Smita Kuriakose, in Knowledge Based Economy as a Factor of Competitiveness and Economic Growth, Malgorzata Runiewicz-Wardyn (ed.), TIGER Publication, Warsaw 2007
  • "Public Financial Support for Commercial Innovation: Europe and Central Asia Knowledge Economy Study Part I", with Manuel Trajtenberg, Adam Jaffee, Julie Sunderland, Thomas Muller and Enrique Blanco Armas, Chief Economist's Regional Working Paper Series, Vol. 1, No. 1, World Bank, 2006


Online Profiles:

project involvement: expert

case publications