Institute for Market Economics (IME)

Institute for Market Economics logoSofia, Bulgaria

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.

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.

IME’s modus operandi is the following: the staff assess economic and reform trends and with the help of the board and the advisory board outlines priorities, which are to established by the board for a two year period. (The board meets four times a year; the executive director runs and represents the institute.) IME turnover for the last four years is 10% is private donation, 60% – revenue from services and the rest – institutional (ear-marked) grants. Service revenues are usually channelled to finance IME public policy initiatives.