Jewish Economic History


1. M. Botticini and Z. Eckstein “Jewish Occupational Selection: Education, Restrictions, or Minorities?“, Journal of Economic History, December 2005.

2. M. Botticini and Z. Eckstein “From Farmers to Merchants, Conversions and Diaspora: Human Capital and Jewish History“, Journal of the European Economic Association 5, no. 5 (September 2007): 885-926.

3. M. Botticini and Z. Eckstein “Path Dependence in Occupations“, The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2008.

4. M. Botticini and Z. Eckstein “Religious Norms, Human Capital, and Money Lending in Jewish European History“, in Rachel M. McCleary (ed.), Handbook of the Economics of Religion, Oxford University Press, 2010.

  1. M. Botticini and Z. Eckstein “The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492“, Princeton University Press, August 2012.
  2. Z. Eckstein “Book Review on ‘Judaism in Transition: How Economic Choices Shape Religious Tradition’ by Carmel I. Chiswick“, Journal of Economic Literature, December 2015.
  3. M. Botticini, Z. Eckstein and A. Vaturi “Child Care and Human Development: Insights from Jewish History in Central and Eastern Europe, 1500-1930“, The Economic Journal, October 2019. Appendix AAppendix B
  4. Zvi Eckstein and Anat Vaturi, “Newborn Care and Survival among Jews in Early Modern Poland,” in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, edited by Natalia Aleksium, Frunios Guesnet and Anatoly Polansky, Vol. 36 :122-139. 2024.


  1. From Farmers to Merchants, Voluntary Conversions and Diaspora: A Human Capital Interpretation of Jewish History“, November 2005.
  2. From Farmers to Merchants, Immigrants and Moneylenders: A Human Capital Interpretation of Jewish History“, Fishelson lecture, January 2006 (Hebrew).
    Video of the lecture
  3. The Chosen Few“, December 2012.
  4. The Chosen Few“, February 2013 (Hebrew).
  5. Nature or Nurture? Jewish Childcare and Population Growth in Eastern and Central Europe, 1500-1930“, September 2017.
    Video of the lecture (Hebrew)
  6. The Chosen Few“, Dead Sea Research Institute lecture, November 2018 (Hebrew, English subtitles).

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