Our vision is a Slovakia endorsing free enterprise, prosperity, individual liberty and peace, a country, where its citizens are aware of the functions and benefits of the market mechanism and the impact of government interventions in the economy. 


INESS monitors the functioning and financing of the public sector, evaluates the effects of legislative changes on the economy and society, proposes policy reforms, and comments on current economic and social issues by publishing articles, studies and podcasts, and by organizing events and educational programs in order to emphasize the importance of free markets for prosperous societies.  



The Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) began its activities in January 2006 as a non-governmental, independent & non-political civic association founded by concerned individuals and financed by private donations and revenues from its own activities.

INESS’ priority areas include:

  • public finance,
  • social system,
  • public healthcare system,
  • education system,
  • monetary policy,
  • EU membership issues,
  • economic policy and government regulation,
  • property rights.

All of INESS’ activities focus on solutions to urgent economic and social problems, with an emphasis on the society’s main pillars: private property, peaceful coexistence and the guarantee of personal freedom.

In the past year 2021, we’ve accomplished the following:

  • We have prepared 12 new publications
  • We have organized over 30 events
  • We have published over 185 op-eds and articles
  • We have had more than 1200 media appearances, making us the most-cited economic think-tank for several consecutive years
  • We have released 62 podcasts episodes (#navrsku & INESSnaDNES)
  • We have distributed 4 different regular newsletters
  • We have sent more than 4200 educational tools to schools all over Slovakia
  • We had 11 300 participants in the Economics Olympiad
  • We have expanded our Bureaucracy Index project from European countries also to 5 Latin America countries in collaboration with Atlas Network



Partnerships & memberships

  • Atlas Network (The global network of more than 500 free-market organizations in almost 100 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) and
  • Stockholm Network (The leading pan-European think tank and market -oriented network).


  • 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

Contact us

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 do not hesitate to contact us.

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