INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL STUDIES

INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL STUDIES

Bratislava, Slovakia

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ABOUT

The mission of Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) is to develop strategies aimed at improvement of general knowledge of state intervention effects in the fields of public finance, health care systems, monetary policy, EU membership issues, business environment, trade, and property rights. This is all bearing in mind that the main pillars of a prosperous society are private property, peaceful coexistence, and the guarantee of personal freedom in terms of increasing public awareness of state interventions. INESS is present in broadcasting and print media with its comments on current economic and social issues; organizes discussion forums, conferences, and educational events; and publishes policy papers, analyses, newsletters, and books.

Major programs for this organization include: Price of the State; The State Waste Seminar on Austrian Economics; Liberty Camp; Entrepreneurial Camp Eurocrisis; INESS Policy Papers Market Finesse

IN THE NEWS

INESS SEEKING INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS TO EXPAND INDEX

Business owners in Slovakia spend 164 hours annually navigating the country’s daunting regulatory web. That number comes from the Institute of Economic and Social Studies’s (INESS) latest Bureaucracy Index. Since its start in 2006, INESS has advocated for more economic competition in Slovakia. For years, this Atlas Network partn...

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USING CARTOONS TO DEBUNK THE MYTHS OF A POPULIST UTOPIA IN SLOVAKIA

Populist parties preaching nationalism and protectionism received over 8 percent of the total vote in Slovakia’s 2016 parliamentary elections. The majority of these votes came from the younger generation, participating in elections for the first time. This populist appeal stems from many of the false promises the parties have ma...

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SNAPSHOTS FROM BRATISLAVA: EUROPE THINK TANK ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP 2017

Twenty participants from 17 think tanks in 10 countries from around Europe gathered in Bratislava, Slovakia, July 20-23, 2017, to participate in Atlas Network’s annual Think Tank Essentials Workshop in Europe. This course is part of Atlas Network’s robust coaching and training programs under Atlas Leadership Academy.

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SLOVAKIA’S CATALYST FOR CHANGE

Modern Slovakia is like night and day compared to its years under communist rule, before the 1989 Velvet Revolution hastened the end of communist control, ultimately dissolving the Soviet Union in 1991. The nation has forged its own path since its Velvet Divorce separated Slovakia from the Czech Republic only two years after tha...

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FIRST ANNUAL EUROPE LIBERTY FORUM CHAMPIONS FREE PEOPLE, FREE MARKETS

The inaugural Europe Liberty Forum, held June 8–9 in London and co-hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), focused on spreading the ideas of freedom to millions in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond. “Think tanks should make life of all established political parties uncomfortable,” said Member of Parliament Dougla...

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UN-CONFERENCE SESSION BRINGS WORKSHOP ATMOSPHERE TO LIBERTY FORUM

Conference presentations are too often one-sided, with a speaker and a crowd of listeners who don’t interact much apart from perhaps a few token exchanges during a Q&A session. Atlas Network sought to introduce an innovative format at the 2015 Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner by hosting an Un-Conference session, which brings a wor...

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ATLAS NETWORK PARTNERS SELECTED FOR LEVERAGING INDICES GRANT

To achieve tangible, real-world impact in the think tank world, measuring the outcomes and results of our work is a key ingredient of the equation. In order advance this goal, Atlas Network has proposed using reputable international rankings or indices and then objectively assessing the results of think tanks’ work as they try t...

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INESS IN SLOVAKIA DISPELS MYTHS ABOUT TAXES

The Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS), based in Bratislava, Slovakia, is dedicated to scaling back the high taxes levied on its citizens. When speaking with young people throughout the country, INESS found that many Slovaks incorrectly believed that social benefits given to the Romani (a minority group within Slov...

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THE 2014 UNIVERSE OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURES

The Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS), an Atlas Network partner, just released the English version of The 2014 Universe of Public Expenditures, a poster with a graphical representation of all public expenditures financed by taxes and contributions in the state of Slovakia. The highly detailed graphic allows citize...

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SLOVAKIA'S PAINFUL CASH REGISTER RECEIPT

Slovakia’s Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) produces a tool to help explain to people where their taxes go and what they are actually contributing to for public services…a cash register receipt. This is part of the Price of the State project by INESS, an Atlas Network partner. The most recent receipt revealed som...

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