Prof. Asher Ben-Arieh


Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 1999, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Lecturer 2000, Senior Lecturer 2005, Associate Professor 2011..

Research Interests:

Indicators of children's well-being. The politics of social policy. Parliaments and social policy. Children's rights and the Sociology of childhood.

Abstracts of Current Research :

Most of my research focuses on (a) the nature of children’s well-being and the factors affecting it, (b) the methodology of social indicators, and (c) the use of indicators of children’s well-being in the process of making and implementing child and public policy. The theoretical approach guiding my work is based on three concepts: the power of information, childhood as a (sociological) stage in itself, and children’s rights.

As a part of a team of researchers at ClemsonUniversity, DukeUniversity, and the Universityof Chicago, I am examining the effects of Strong Communities, a multi-million-dollar initiative to prevent child maltreatment in Greenville County, South Carolina, by building and strengthening norms of mutual assistance and of collective responsibility for family support.  Building on the efforts of all sectors of society including young people themselves, Strong Communities is a complex initiative posing difficult challenges for ongoing assessment of children’s safety and well-being and for identification of the potent inputs in this process and in its replication elsewhere. This project will enhance and inform my work on the active role children can and should play both in the study of their own well-being and in the impact of those studies on policies.

 As the Israeli representative in the EU’s COST A/19 working group on child welfare, I am both learning from and contributing to the intergenerational perspective framing the COST’s work, particularly in relation to children’s role in advancing their own status. 

I also continue my research in the field of children’s well being indicators. In my research I continue to explore the theoretical conceptualization of children’s well being, to seek and develop new and appropriate indicators for children well being and to study the indicators role in the policy making process.

 Through the Global Monitoring Report (GMR) of UNESCO, The UNICEF report cards series and the Kids Count project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, I am studying the evolution of the nature and use of indicators of child well-being.  In this context, I have the rare opportunity to examine how my own scholarship has influenced the field.

Key words: Well-being, children’s rights, child policy, social indicators, childhood as a stage of itself.



Recent Publications:


Ben-Arieh, A., Kaufman, H.N., Andrews, B.A., George, R., Lee, B.J. & Aber, J.L. (2001) Measuring and Monitoring Children's Well Being Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Press.

Refereed articles:

Ben-Arieh, A. (2000). "The Politics of Social Welfare: MP's Attitudes and Activities in the 13th Israeli Knesset" Journal of Legislature Studies Vol.6 No.2 (pp. 1-18).

Ben-Arieh, A. (2000) "Beyond Welfare: Measuring and Monitoring the State of Children- New Trends and Domains" Social Indicators Research Vol. 52 No. 3 (pp. 235-257).

Haj-Yahia, M.M. & Ben-Arieh, A. (2000) "Incidence of Exposure to Violence in the Family of Origin Among Arab Adolescents and Its Sciodemographic Correlates: Child Abuse and Neglect Vol. 24. No. 10 (pp. 1299-1315).

Ben-Arieh, A. & Lee, B.J. (2000) "Poor children in Illinoisand Israel: Whom do the income maintenance program serve?" Social Security 58 (pp. 97-112) (Hebrew).

Ben-Arieh, A. & Danon, Y.L. (2001) “Epidemiological Trends of Pediatric Emergency Referrals in Israel” IMAJ 3 (pp. 231-232).

Ben-Arieh, A. (2001) “Members of the 13th Israeli Knesset and their influence on social policy: who influenced?” Society and Welfare 21/4  (pp.403-420) (Hebrew).

Ben-Arieh, A. & Ofir, A. (2002) “Time for (more) time-use studies: Studying the daily activities of children Childhood 9/2 (pp. 253-276).

Ben-Arieh, A. (2002) "Who is for Kids and Who is just Kidding? Members of The Israeli Knesset’s Activities on Children’s Issues Between 1990-2001"Social Policy and Society 1/4  (pp.335-347).

Ben-Arieh, A & Doron A. (2003) The Making of Social Policy in Israel: Perceived Influence of Members of the 13th Israeli Knesset”  The Review of Policy Studies  20/7 (pp. 309-327).

Ben-Arieh, A. & Boyer, Y. (2003) “The little citizen? Citizenship and childhood in Israel” Social Security 63  (pp. 236-270) (Hebrew).

Gal, J. & Ben-Arieh, A. (2003) ”Transfer payment and support for families with children in a comparative perspective” Social Security 63  (pp. 69-76) (Hebrew).

Ben-Arieh, A. (2004) “Who cares? Knesset members activities on children well being issues between 1990 – 2001” Society and Welfare  (pp. 383-399) (Hebrew).

Ben-Arieh, A & Boyer, Y. (2005) "Citizenship and childhood in Israel: the state of affairs" Childhood 12/1 (pp. 33-53).

Ben-Arieh, A. (2005) “Where are the children? Children's role in measuring and monitoring their well-being” Social Indicators 74/3 (pp. 573 – 596).

Khoury-Kassabri, M. Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Ben-Arieh, A. (accepted for publication) “Adolescents approach toward children rights: Comparison between Jewish and Palestinian children from Israel and the Palestinian Authority” Children and Youth Service Review .

Ben-Arieh, A (accepted for publication) Is the study of the “State of Our Children” changing? Revisiting after five years” Children and Youth Service Review.

Ben-Arieh, A., Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Haj-Yahia, M. M. (accepted for publication) “Generational, Ethnic, and National Differences in Attitudes toward the Rights of Children in Israel and Palestine” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.


Chapters and articles in books:

Ben-Arieh A. (2000) "Does the Knesset Matter? MK's influence on the making of Social Policy in Israel" in Ben-Arieh, A. & Gal, J. (Eds.) Into the Promised Land: Issues Facing the Welfare State (pp. 137-152). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Ben-Arieh, A. (2002) “Evaluating the outcomes of programs Vs. Monitoring Well Being: A Child Centerd Perspective” In Vecchiato, T., Maluccio,A.N. and Canali, C. (Eds.). Evaluation in Child and Family Services: Comparative Client and Program perspective  (pp.150-160) New-York: Aldine de Gruyter.

Ben-Arieh, A., Boyer, Y. & Gajst, I. (2004) “Children’s Welfare in Israel:Growing up in a multi-cultural society” in Jensen, A.M., Ben-Arieh, A., Conti, C., Kutsar, D., Phadraig, M.N. and Nielsen, H.M. (Ed.) Children’s Welfare in Ageing Europe V. I-II   Trondhiem: Norwegian Centre for Child Research.

Ben-Arieh, A. (2005) “Mesuring and Monitoring Children’s Well Being: The Role of Children” in Klöckner, C. and Paetzel, U. Kindheitsforschung und kommunale Praxis (Arbeitstitel): Praxisnahe Erkenntnisse aus der aktuellen Kindheitsforschung. Wiesbaden, Germany: VS-Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Ben-Arieh, A & Goerge, R (2006) “Measuring and Monitoring Children’s Well-Being: The policy process” in Ben-Arieh, A. & Goerge, R.(Ed.) Indicators of children's well being: understanding their role, usage and policy influence   Springer: Dordrecht, Netherlands.

Titler, J. & Ben-Arieh A. (2006) “So where should the research go? Some possible directions and their research implications” in Ben-Arieh, A. & Goerge, R.(Ed.) Indicators of children's well being: understanding their role, usage and policy influence   Springer: Dordrecht, Netherlands .


Academic editing:

Ben-Arieh, A. & Gal, J. (Eds.) (2000) Into the Promised Land: Issues Facing the Welfare State (470 pages) Westport, CT: Praeger.

Jensen, A.M., Ben-Arieh, A., Conti, C., Kutsar, D., Phadraig, M.N. & Nielsen, H.M. (Ed.) (2004) Children’s Welfare in Ageing Europe V. I-II   Trondhiem:Norwegian Centre for Child Research

Ben-Arieh, A. & Goerge, R. (Ed.) (2005) Indicators of children's well being: understanding their role, usage and policy influence   Springer: Dordrecht,Netherlands

Ben-Arieh, A., Zionit, Y.  & Binstok-Rivlin, Z. (ed.) (2000, 2001)  Children in Israel - An Annual Statistical Abstract (Hebrew) Center For Research and Public Education, National Council For The Child ; Jerusalem, also published in English as Ben-Arieh, A., Zionit, Y.  & Binstok-Rivlin, Z. (ed.) (2001) The State Of The Child In Israel - A Statistical Abstract  Center For Research and Public Education, National Council For The Child ; Jerusalem

Ben-Arieh, A., Zionit, Y.  & Krizak, G. (ed.) (2002, 2003)  Children in Israel - An Annual Statistical Abstract (Hebrew) Center For Research and Public Education, National Council For The Child; Jerusalem

Guest editor with Dr. John Gal Social Security 56 “The future of the welfare state”

Guest editor with Prof. Yossi Tamir Social Security 63 “Children, Childhood and Children rights”

Special guest editor with Prof. Ivar Frones (3 volumes) Social Indicators Research Journal” indicators of children well being