IME Welcomes the 2013 Free Market Road Show in Sofia on May 16th 2013
Started in 2008, the Free Market Road Show® brings together renowned economists, leading politicians and ...
Summer Seminar Europe & Liberty 2013
This next edition of Europe & Liberty Seminar will be held in Bansko, Bulgaria between ...
“Regional Profiles: Indicators of Development 2012”
The study “Regional Profiles: Indicators of Development 2012” was presented in the beginning of November ...
The goal of this research paper is to define and measure and middle class in Bulgaria in the recent years, as well as to discuss it political role. Following the review of a number of different methodological approaches for calculating the number of “people in the middle”, we have chosen one that uses the median net equivalised income of a household as a main indicator.
Regional Profiles: Indicators of Development 2012
The study “Regional Profiles: Indicators of Development 2012” provides a snapshot of the socio-economic conditions of Bulgarian districts as of mid-2012, as well as their development since the year 2000. It was first presented in beginning of November in Sofia. The study was carried out by the Institute for Market Economics and its partners from Microstat Analytics with the financial support of the “America for Bulgaria” Foundation.
Multiannual Financial Framework (2014-2020) of the European Union: Analysis and Potential Effects on Bulgaria
The analysis discusses the changes that the EU is planning to implement in the upcoming MFF, explores the reasons behind them and makes conclusions about their effect on the Bulgarian economy. The main points of interest include the basic structure of the MFF, the proposed reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy, the heading for Smart and Inclusive Growth and the way the budget is financed.
Fiscal Rules: Literature Review, Implementation and Implications for Bulgaria
The Institute for Market Economics publishes a report on fiscal rules, the logic behind their implementation, and history of fiscal rules in several countries. The report also presents an overview of such rules in Bulgaria as well as suggestions for their improvement.
Europe needs competitive agriculture
The debate on the new EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 has developed into a debate for the future of the Union. We are at an important crossroad when we have to decide what kind of community we would like to have.
IME Alternative State Budget with Low Taxes 2013
Alternative Budget 2013 looks at the budget as a tool for growth and not just as a self sufficient accounting instrument. We put our focus on the middle class and jobs creation, as this is the only way towards recovery and poverty reduction. Budget 2013 must not only spend public money effectively and achieve results, but also be resilient to shocks – that is one with no deficit and with automatic mechanisms for negative scenario.
The Public Opinion on Belene
As of yet, there is no such thing as a public opinion regarding the construction of NPP Belene. There is an echo of the attempts of those who support the project to convince the public, as well as their not-so-rational arguments. The media campaign surrounding the referendum changed this completely. Even though they are rather popular, the analyses made by IME and other independent observers have almost no effect on the non-reading audience. This week those who do not agree with the construction of NPP Belene are acting to address all the fallacies concerning the project, which are deeply rooted in the public as a result of the efforts of three consecutive governments and the “door to door” campaign that the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) conducted last summer.
Review of Bulgarian Agriculture in 2012
A possible decline of the price of fodder will allow livestock breeders some freedom to operate, but this is not likely to improve the overall state of the sector. Additional tensions are expected in the “milk” subsector because of its low competitiveness in comparison with the rest of the EU countries as well as the new regulations imposed on milk production.
The objective of the project is to develop an analytic capability that can rigorously and independently assess some of the major economic issues confronting Bulgarian agriculture.