About us

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 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. 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
Only pro-market economic reforms, competition, limited government and a lower tax-burden will raise the standard of living of all Israelis!

What we stad for:

  • Reforming the tax system to encourage greater savings and increased productivity.
  • Cutting government spending through privatization of state owned companies and outsourcing public services
  • Achieving a reduction in consumer prices through the abolishment of public and private monopolies.
  • Liberalizing financial markets so that global institutions can compete with the five domestic banking groups currently controlling over 90% of banking assets.
  • Expanding school choice and freedom in curriculum design.
  • Deepening Israel's commitment to welfare-to-work reforms and a negative income tax program in order to break the cycle of poverty.
Israel's full economic potential can only be realized in a climate of freedom, competition and private entrepreneurship.