Dr. Kaplan Amit
Fields of Research
Dr. Kaplan Amit
School of Government and Society
  • Family studies

  • Family and labor market

  • Welfare policy

  • Comparative study

  • Gender studies

  • Quantitative Methodology

Short Bio

Dr. Kaplan (Ph.D. Tel Aviv University, 2010) is a sociologist, a senior lecturer, and the Head of The Family Studies Masters Program in the School of Government and Society, The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.

Her principal research interest lies in a comparative look at the diverse intersections between family life, gender, inequality, and policy. Publications on these topics have appeared in journals such as the Gender & Society, Gender, Work & Organization, European Journal of Population, Human Reproduction, Advances in Life Course Research, Culture, Health, & Sexuality, Journal of Family Issues, Social Science Research and Demographic Research. Recently, she co-edited (with Prof. Hanna Herzog, Tel Aviv University) a special issue in Israeli Sociology dedicated to the topic of “Invisible Work”.

She received two competitive large grants supporting her research projects:

  •  A grant from the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF, 2019-2022) on the subject of “Parental divorce or loss, adolescent employment, and later life outcomes” (together with Dr. Anat Herbst-Debby, Bar-Ilan University)

  •  A grant from the Science, Technology, and Space Ministry (2016-2019), on the subject of “Making women’s invisible work visible: Removing hidden barriers to the equitable incorporation of Israeli women into the labor market” (together with Hadass Ben Eliyahu, Van Leer Institute; and Prof. Hanna Herzog, Tel Aviv University).

Ongoing research projects:

1. Divorce and inequality

2. Making Women's Invisible Work Visible: Removing Hidden Barriers to the Equitable Incorporation of Israeli Women into the Labor Market.

3. Knowledge and perceptions associated with egg and sperm freezing in Israel and Denmark.

4. Parental divorce or loss, adolescent employment, and later life outcomes.




Selected Publications


  1.  Kaplan, Amit. "“Just Let it Pass by and it will Fall on Some Woman”: Invisible Work in the Labor Market." Gender & Society (2022): 08912432221128544.‏.

  2.  Lavee, Einat and Kaplan, Amit (2022). Invisible work at work and the reproduction of gendered social service organizations. Gender, Work & Organization.

  3. Kaplan Amit; Hashiloni-Dolev, Yael; and Kroløkke, Charlotte (2022). “My choice, my responsibility”: Views of Danish and Israeli female students on financing egg freezing”. Culture, Health, & Sexuality, 24(11), 1575-1589.

  4.  Endeweld, Miri, and Kaplan Amit (2022). The price of invisibility: the monetary value of unpaid work - a comparative look. Israeli Sociology, 23(2), 53-75 (Hebrew).

  5. Kaplan Amit, Ben Dori Suzi and Herzog Hanna. (2022). Gendered pandemic: ‘Invisible work’ in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Israeli Sociology, 23(2), 225-236 [Hebrew].

  6. Endeweld Miri, Herbst-Debby Anat, and Kaplan Amit (2022). Do the privileged always win? Economic consequences of divorce by income and gender groups. Social Indicators Research. 159(1), 77-100.

  7. Lavie, Noa; Kaplan, Amit; and Tal, Noy (2022). The Y Generation myth: Young Israelis’ perceptions of gender and family life. Journal of Youth Studies. 25(3): 380-399.

  8. Herbst-Debby Anat, Endeweld Miri, and Kaplan Amit (2021). Differentiated routes to vulnerability: Marital status, children, gender, and poverty. Advances in Life Course Research. 49: 100418.

  9. Kaplan, Amit; Endeweld, Miri; and Herbst-Debby, Anat (2020). “The more the merrier? The effect on children of divorce in a pronatalist society” in Mortelmans, Dimitri (ed.) Divorce in Europe, pp. 123-143. Springer.

  10. Hashiloni-Dolev, Yael; Kaplan, Amit; Rasmussen, Caroline. A.; and Kroløkke, Charlotte. (2020). Gamete preservation: Knowledge, concerns, and intentions of Israeli and Danish students regarding egg and sperm freezing. Reproductive BioMedicine Online. 41(4): 957-965.

  11. Kaplan, Amit .,Tali Pfefferman, and Shimrit Slonim; Hadass Ben Eliyahu, Prof. Hanna Herzog, Prof. Naomi Chazan, Ronna Brayer-Garb, and Gal Lipshitz. (2020). Making Women's Invisible Work Visible: Removing Hidden Barriers to the Equitable Incorporation of Israeli Women into the Labor Market. Jerusalem: Van Leer Institute (Hebrew).

  12. Kaplan, Amit; Sabbah-Karkabi, Maha; and Herzog, Hanna (2020).  “When I iron my son’s shirt, I feel my maternal role”: Making women’s invisible work visible. Journal of Family Issues. 41(9): 1525-1545.

  13. Stier, Haya and Kaplan, Amit (2020). Are children a joy? Or a burden? Individual and macro-level characteristics and the perception of children. European Journal of Population. 36(2), 387-413.

  14. Herbst-Debby, Anat; and Amit Kaplan (2018). Love in times of crisis: Gendered aspects of education, employment, and divorce. Megamot[“trends”], 53(2): 107-136 [Hebrew].

  15. Kaplan, Amit and Sabah Karkaby, Maha (2018). Invisible Work in Israel. Jerusalem: the Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS), Van Leer Institute [Hebrew].

  16. Kaplan, Amit and Stier, Haya (2017). Political economy of family life: Couples’ earnings, welfare regime, and union dissolution. Social Science Research, 61: 43-56.

  17. Herbst, Anat and Kaplan, Amit (2016). Mothers’ postdivorce earnings in the context of welfare policy change. International Journal of Social Welfare, 25: 222–234.

  18. Kaplan, Amit and Herbst, Anat (2015). Stratified patterns of divorce: Earnings, education, and gender. Demographic Research, 32: 949-982.

  19. Hashiloni-Dolev, Yael; Kaplan, Amit; and Shkedi, Shiri. (2011). The fertility myth: Israeli students’ knowledge regarding age-related fertility decline and late pregnancies in an era of ART. Human Reproduction, 26(11): 3045-3053.

  20. Lewin-Epstein, Noah; Kaplan, Amit; and Levanon, Asaf. (2003). Distributive justice and attitudes toward the welfare state. Social Justice Research, 16 (1): 1-27.