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Institute for Market Economics

Institute for Market Economics
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IME is the first and oldest independent economic policy think tank in Bulgaria.
Its mission is to elaborate and advocate market-based solutions to challenges citizens of Bulgaria and the region face in reforms. This mission has been pursued sine early 1993 when the Institute was formally registered a non-profit legal entity (Registration # is: Reg. #831344929 – March 15th, 1993, 729/XI/VI, p. 169.)

On August 3rd 2010 IME was registered as a public benefit non-profit legal entity under № 20100803019.
IME objectives are to provide: independent assessment and analysis of the government’s economic policies and to be a focal point for an exchange of views on market economics and relevant policy issues.

Институт за пазарна икономика

Институт за пазарна икономика

On October 25, law and history students occupied the main building of the Sofia University, one of the city's landmarks. The reason: their professor, country's Constitutional Court chairman, did not show up for a lecture after it was announced that he should answer questions on illogical and seemingly unconstitutional decision. The very same day, most professors supported the students and occupation spread to other universities, although with lesser resolve...
Posted: December 5, 2013, 10:00 pm
Rising youth unemployment in Europe has been a widely discussed issue over the last few years. Although millions of euros have been spent on youth employment programs, the result of these has been limited, to say the least. One of the main reasons is the widely misunderstood statistical indicator “youth unemployment coefficient” itself. As a result of this, it is a common misconception that every fourth European aged 15-24 is unemployed.
Posted: December 4, 2013, 10:00 pm
The study "Regional Profiles: Indicators of Development 2013" (Bulgarian version) presents the social and economic development of bulgarian districts. The study is based on 58 indicators, divided into eight categories: Economy, Administration and Taxes, Infrastructure, Demography, Education, Healthcare, Environment and Social Environment. A seperate profile of each of the districts can be found on our webpage: http://www.regionalprofiles.bg/en/
Posted: December 4, 2013, 10:00 pm
After EU accession Bulgaria was faced with the challenge to harmonize its excise policy with regard to tobacco products and to reach the minimum level of excise duties on tobacco products, as laid down in the respective EU Directive, until the beginning of 2010. In 2007 prices of cigarettes in Bulgaria (weighted average price) were actually lower than the nominal requirement for minimum excise duty in the EU (64 euro per 1000 cigarettes), which illustrates the tough task that our country faced. More specifically, Bulgaria was set to increase excise duties, respectively prices substantially, without distorting the market and avoiding any negative effects for the budget.
Posted: December 4, 2013, 10:00 pm
In the third quarter of 2013 the number of employed people decreased slightly on an annual basis after two consecutive quarters of growth in the first half of the year. In June-August 2013 the employees are 5000 less than in the same period in 2012. However, in most districts (16 out of 28) there is an increase in the number of the employees on an annual basis.
Posted: December 4, 2013, 10:00 pm

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