Distinguished Guests

ICSEP periodically brings leading foreign experts to Israel to share their knowledge and experiences.

ICSEP’s distinguished guests have included Nobel laureates, senior diplomats, Supreme Court judges, renowned editors and prominent businessmen.

Other programs


  • ICSEP regularly initiates research projects on major issues of the day.

    Some research has also been done in cooperation with other bodies, such as the International Center of Economic Growth (on Political Business Cycles, published in Public Choice, 1992), and the Koret Foundation (on Small Businesses in Israel).

  • ICSEP regularly undertakes original studies in order to prepare detailed reform plans for Israel’s policy-makers.

    In the mid-1980s ICSEP laid the groundwork for the anti-inflationary policies that proved so successful and for the privatized immigrant absorption policies that enabled the successful integration of the vast majority of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.


  • Since 1998, ICSEP has run economics classes at several Israeli high schools in which over 2,000 students have participated.

    The courses teach the students basic economic concepts and theories, as well as how economics affects their daily lives and career prospects.

    The students also go on at least one field trip to an Israeli enterprise.

  • The only Israeli university students who study market economics are those majoring or minoring in Economics, and even they mostly study economic techniques, not philosophy.

    Since 2000, ICSEP has offered a seminar at Tel Aviv, the Hebrew, and Ben-Gurion universities entitled “The Free Market and its Critics” based on Milton and Rose Friedman’s Free to Choose book and films.



  • ICSEP serves as a clearinghouse of economic expertise, knowledge and resources and as a facilitator for groups and organizations such as the Israel Chambers of Commerce, universities, the Israel Supreme Court’s Institute for Judicial Studies, and the Israel Management Institute.

the Israeli public

Recent memos

A surprising commentary on ICSEP's work
16 Oct ’04

Policy-related work and education for the elites
25 May ’04

Our work in 2003 proceeded along the two intertwined tracks that we projected in our Work Plan 2002-3, namely, Policy-Related Work and Education for the Elites, especially university and high school students. We have continued our Media and Networking roles, and have added a Research track this year.

25 Jan ’04