The Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies (JIMS) is an independent, nonprofit 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-Sauer, and has quickly become one of Israel's most successful nonprofit economic policy think tanks. JIMS regularly publishes influential 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).
- 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.
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