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Yotam Margalit specializes in the fields of international and comparative political economy. Before joining Tel Aviv University he was a faculty member at Columbia University.

Much of his research deals with the political consequences of globalization, particularly immigration and international trade. He also studies the sources of individual preferences on economic policy and the way changing personal circumstances shape political views. A more recent strand of research deals with the political repercussions of economic crises.

Yotam's work has appeared in publications such as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. His research has been funded by fellowships and awards from the Mellon Foundation, the Sawyer Foundation, the Program of Global Justice at Stanford University, the Israel Science Foundation, The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISERP), the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Columbia University, and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs. 

Yotam is also a non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Governance and Economics at the Israel Democracy Institute. There he heads the Program on Labor Market Reforms, focusing on issues such as portability of social benefits between jobs, evaluation of worker retraining programs, flexible employment arrangements and labor force participation of older adults (50+). 

Prior to his academic career, he worked in management consulting in London, UK, and was an executive of an international enterprise software firm in San Francisco, CA. He graduated with honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, receiving his B.A. in Economics and History. He received his PhD in 2009 from Stanford University.