The winner in the 2020 New Economic Talent competition, Georgiana Puscas, competed with a paper The winner takes more? Assessing the role of political alignment in transfers to Romanian municipalities, which she likewise submitted as her bachelor thesis. We were happy to discuss her paper in depth and ask some more questions about herself and her studies at Warwick.
Vojtěch Bartoš, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität in Munich, currently visiting the Department of Psychology at the Princeton University, graduated from the PhD in Economics program in 2016. Vojta now shares with us his knowledge and experiences from his field experiments work in several African and Asian countries and explains what led him to work in academia.
Ján Palguta, our PhD graduate from a few years ago and former IDEA think tank researcher, spoke with us about the current coronavirus crisis in Spain, where he currently resides thanks to landing a visiting professor position at the Economics department of the Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M). A great part of the interview is devoted to his research projects, which focus on public economics and political economy, such as corporate taxation and/or the underrepresentation of women in top political positions, to name a few. Read this interview about Ján’s past and current experiences, his biggest academic influences at CERGE-EI and his future professional plans.
After Gurgen Aslanyan graduated from our PhD program some 6 years ago, he had the urge to give back to his own country, and took a position at the Central Bank of Armenia. Now as the President of the Armenian Economic Association, Gurgen is looking back on his journey from Armenia to CERGE-EI and back in this refreshing interview.
Machine learning is a specific subset of artificial intelligence that trains a machine how to learn. It is based on the idea that systems can learn from data, identify patterns and make decisions with minimal human intervention. We sat down with two students on the Master in Applied Economics program to talk about the topics they chose for their Machine Learning Techniques term projects: an anime movies recommender system and customer churn. Continue reading Using machine learning in business can generate a huge amount of income
Whilst many of us have been staying at home these past few weeks, unable to grasp the influx of information from the Czech and foreign media, it has been the IDEA anti COVID-19 project run by the IDEA think tank that has helped to ease the tension with their explanatory studies on the issues related to the coronavirus outbreak. Many CERGE-EI faculty members, students, and alumni gathered in the blink of an eye to actively participate and contribute with their knowledge to launch the project in early March. Since then, the studies have been covered by the leading newspapers, online journals, and public broadcasters in the Czech media. To see the CERGE-EI community mobilize this quickly and use their voice to formulate recommendations for others is truly wonderful, and therefore we asked our Phd in Economics students, who also had their say in the studies, to share their experiences on the project with us.
Another round of the Talking Economics! series shifted attention to the Bangladeshi garment sector thanks to Andreas Menzel and Martina Miotto, whose field research projects using experiments complement one another. When you think of the textile industry and textile workers in any of the developing countries, what image do you have in mind? Sweat shops, the ill-treatment of factory workers, or long shifts with a small paycheck? Research has proved otherwise for the Bangladeshi textile industry. Continue reading Talking Economics: Bangladeshi Garment Sector
Martin Kosík and Giorgi Chavchanidze are both first-year students in the Master Economic Research program at CERGE-EI and recipients of the First-Year Excellence Fellowship. Martin´s first experience with economic research was during his assistantship at CERGE-EI for “Volební lavička”, a project studying the information acquisition of voters in Czech municipal elections. Giorgi graduated from a double major in Mathematics and Economics at the American University in Bulgaria, both majors with honors. Read the interview we conducted online about their journey with economic research.
To identify an exact definition of an economist is a real struggle. Who is an economist actually? Is he or she a business consultant or perhaps an analyst? The CERGE-EI director, Sergey Slobodyan, opened the first lecture of the Talking Economics! series on Thursday with such questioning. “When you go buy a cup of coffee, such an event is considered an economic transaction. But is the person selling the coffee an economist?” he added. Continue reading History and Social Media Through Eyes of Economists