• Israelis pay an average of 58% of their income in taxes.

  • The Israeli government controls 51% of the economy.

  • Israelis pay between 30% and 50% more on basic items than consumers in other OECD countries due to lack of market competition.

  • Small and medium size businesses have little access to credit due to the lack of competition in the domestic financial market.

  • Israel’s public school system is increasingly falling behind yet Israel spends 23% more on each pupil than other OECD countries.

  • Poverty is rising, yet Israel spends more than a quarter of its annual public budget on welfare.

  • Corruption and inefficiency in the government is inhibiting economic growth and social progress






About us

The Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies (JIMS) is a libertarian economic policy think tank whose mission is to promote social progress in Israel through economic freedom and individual liberty.


JIMS was founded in 2003, by Robert Sauer and Corinne Parenti and is now Israel's most influential libertarian think tank. JIMS regularly publishes economic policy papers and editorials, runs a number of innovative private educational projects, and administers a unique public opinion survey called the Israel Panel Study of Opinion Dynamics (IPSOD)

Only pro-market economic reforms, competition, limited government and a lower tax-burden will raise the standard of living of all Israelis!
Israel's full economic potential can only be realized in a climate of freedom, competition and private entrepreneurship.

Board Members

Academic Advisory Board:


Peter Boettke - Professor of Economics, George Mason University, USA

Barry Chiswick - Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Carmel Chiswick - Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Steven Grosby - Professor of Religion, Clemson University, USA

Arye Hillman - Professor of Economics, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Sam Peltzman - Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, USA

Richard Pipes - Baird Professor Emeritus of History, Harvard University, USA

Mario Rizzo - Professor of Economics, New York University, USA

Russell Roberts - Professor of Economics, Stanford University, Hoover Institution, USA

David Waldman - Professor of Management, Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School, USA



Distinguished Friends:


Douglas Carswell - Member of Parliament, United Kingdom Independence Party, UK

Daniel Hannan - Member of European Parliament, Conservative Party, UK

Jonathan Medved - Venture Capital & Private Equity, Israel

Daphne Netanyahu - Editor-in-Chief of Maraah Magazine, Israel

Iddo Netanyahu - Radiologist, Author and Playwright, Israel