The Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) began its activities in January 2006 as a non-governmental and apolitical civic association founded by concerned individuals and financed by private donations and revenues from its own activities. As an independent think tank, INESS monitors the functioning and financing of the public sector, evaluates the effects of legislative changes on the economy and society and comments on current economic and social issues. Our goal is to broaden public awareness of the principles of market mechanisms’ functions and the effects of state interventions and their impact on society and everyday life

Our priority areas include: 

  • taxation and contributions to the state budget,
  • social system (including pensions),
  • the public healthcare system,
  • monetary policy,
  • EU membership issues,
  • government regulation,
  • property rights.

All of the Institute’s activities focuses on solutions to urgent economic and social problems, bearing in mind that society’s main pillars are private property, peaceful coexistence and the guarantee of personal freedom.


In the past year 2016, we’ve accomplished these and many others:

  • We have published 10 policy papers (5x INESS Policy Note and 5x INESS on topic)
  • We have organized 9 events
  • We have had more than 800 media appearances, making us the most-cited economic think-tank several consecutive years
  • Our members took part in 88 local and 11 international events
  • In 2016 only, Bad Money by Juraj Karpiš sold more than 3300 copies, making it over the 5000 copies overall


In 2017, we want to:

  • Continue working on our long-term projects

  • Prepare a series of lectures for high schools and universities all over Slovakia on the topics connected to public finance

  • Publish on current topics

  • Take part in both local and international conferences

  • Organize informal series of events „Economic talks“

  • Work on a project set to tackle the dangerous economic populism

  • Organize the 8th year of Seminar on Austrian Economics

  • Continue monitoring the development of new legislation and we’ll join citizens‘ initiatives aiming to eliminate policies that are harmful for Slovak economy and its competitiveness

  • Work with the policymakers who want to improve the business environment in Slovakia


Partnerships & memberships

  • Stockholm Network (The leading pan-European think tank and market -oriented network) and

  • Atlas Economic Research Foundation Network (The global network of more than 400 free-market organizations in over 80 countries).

  • 4liberty.eu (a platform for experts and intellectuals, currently from 14 think-tanks from Central and Eastern Europe, embodying the liberal environment, to share their opinions and ideas)



  • 2007 - Golden Umbrella Think Tank Award announced by the Stockholm Network

  • 2008 - Templeton Freedom Award in the category Innovative Media, announced by the Atlas Economic    Research    Foundation

  • 2009 - Dorian and Anthony Fisher Venture Grant by Atlas Economic Research Foundation

  • 2010 - Templeton Freedom Award in the category Special Achievement by a Young Institute, announced by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation

  • 2011 - 2nd place in Orange foundation Awards in the category Education


INESS runs many other activities and projects.  If you would like to set an appointment to get informed about our activities, or to support INESS, please contact us.

Zlatý klinec Nadácia Orange Templeton Freedom Award Dorian & Antony Fisher Venture Grants Golden Umbrella Think Tanks Awards