February 2019



e-mail: alexcuk@tauex.tau.ac.il
Tel: + 972-3-540-5360 




Areas of Interest and Research


Macro and Monetary Economics with particular emphasis on the economics and politics of central banking, the Global Financial Crisis – Implications for monetary policy and institutions, regulatory reform and the long term viability of the Euro area, Interaction between monetary institutions and labor market institutions, Choice of exchange rate regime and speculative attacks, Asymmetric central bank preferences and monetary policy rules, Political Economy and the positive theory of economic policy, Government debt and deficits, Transfer ratchets, Imperfect information, inflation and relative prices, Inflationary expectations and business cycles.





1968/69-1972 M.I.T. 



Fall 1972

1964/65-1967 Hebrew University

Economics with a minor in Business Administration 


Fall 1967

1960/61-1963 Hebrew University 

Economics and Statistics


Fall 1963



Academic Positions   (since the early eighties)



October-November 2015              Swiss National Bank                                                            Visiting Research Fellow       


Since October 2010                      Interdisciplinary Center, Herzeliya                                      Professor of Economics




Spring 2009                                  University of Munich                                                           Visiting Professor




Spring 2008                                  University of Bonn                                                               Visiting Professor




Fall 2007                                       European Central Bank                                                        Visiting Research Fellow




Since Fall 2006                             Tel-Aviv University                                                               Professor Emeritus                                                                                      




Academic Year 2005/06                Department of Economics, Princeton University               Visiting Professor






Springs 2001 &  2002

Department of Economics, Stanford University 

       Visiting Professor






1984 – Fall 2006 

Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University

        Professor of Economics






Spring 1995

University of Chicago-CSES 

        Visiting Professor






1994 - 2003

CentER, Tilburg University

         Senior Research Fellow






Summers 1990 - 1992

World Bank

         Visiting Research Fellow






Academic Year 1989/90 

Department of Economics,  Princeton University 

         Visiting Professor






Summer 1989

Free University of Berlin

         Visiting Professor 






1986- June 88

Department of Economics Tel Aviv University







Summer 1985

Research Dep., Federal Reserve Bank of St-Louis

          Visiting Research Fellow








GSIA  Carnegie-Mellon University 

           Visiting Professor          












Teaching by Decreasing Order of Personal Preference


The Global Financial Crisis – Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses
Economics and Politics of Central Banking and Strategic Aspects of Monetary Policy,

The International Monetary System
Macroeconomics (with particular emphasis on endogenous policymaking)
Political Economy, Inflation.


Other Professional Activities


a. Member - Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Israel, October 2011 - September 2015


b .

President - Israeli Economic Association: December 1995-December 1997.

c .

Member - Commission on Reform of the Law of the Bank of Israel, 1998.


Research Fellow , Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

e .

Associate Editor - European Journal of Political Economy, 1991-February 2000.

f .

Board of Editors of Economic Inquiry; 1985-1996.


Associate Editor - European Economic Review, 1986-1987.


Member of the Organizing Committee for the World Congress of the Econometric Society - Summer 1985.


Consultant - Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG II) of the Commission of the European Communities, 1982-83.


Editor, Economic Quarterly (in Hebrew).





Since 2009 ranked within Top 1 percent of authors Worldwide by the RePec (Research papers in Economics) authors service (the ranking is in terms of a weighted impact index of worldwide scientific economic publications).


Listed in: Who is Who in Economics - A Biographical Dictionary of Major Economists 1700 - 1986, MIT Press and Wheatsheaf Books 1986.Who's Who in Economics, 2003, Fourth Edition, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA.

Prize: The 1993 Yavor prize for best paper on Development Issues.  (The prize was awarded anually by the Horowitz Institute for Research on Developing Countries at Tel Aviv University). 

Teaching: Student rated best Ph.D. course” in the 1995 Network of countrywide Ph.D. courses, Utrecht, The Netherlands for the course; “Central Bank Stategy, Credibility and Independence”, (out of 19 courses).

Mention for excellence in teaching - Interdisciplinary Center, 2015/2016.