The Israeli Institute for Economic Planning (IEP) is a non-profit organization established in 2006, dedicated to the principles of free and competitive economy, removal of barriers that discourage entrepreneurs and competitors, and striving for innovation and growth.
The IEP's mission is to identify and investigate major structural failures that significantly affect the economy, and offer available and practical solutions that will lead to significant long-term change. This goal is reflected in all of IEP's activity.
For many years, the Israeli economy has been highly concentrated and dominated by monopolies. These forces, which often rely on outdated laws and regulations that work at their advantage, harm the public in different aspects such as the cost of living, growth and entrepreneurship and in the entry of new businesses, especially small and medium sized businesses.
In this environment, it is clear why the Israeli economy is characterized by high cost of living, uncompetitive capital markets, cross-sector corruption, and labor unions that are capable of disabling the economy's gates for export and import. The weak governance and minimal Knesset's supervision, preserve this situation.
We believe in creating an economic structure which deals with market failures and is based on transparency and competition. This involves changing the 'genetic code' of the economic culture in Israel. For this purpose, we promote changes in the business culture in certain sectors and work to identify and expose problematic mechanisms of wealth distribution, protectionism and nepotism. At the same time, we encourage state institutions to work to better the economy as a whole, by creating infrastructure, developing growth and competition engines and providing economic certainty.
To advance our vision, we work in different channels, create a solid research infrastructure as a source for our activity, collaborate with civic and research bodies, raise issues through public discussion and offer solutions to decision-makers and elected officials across the political spectrum.