Category Archives: PhD

Meet Our Alumni: At CERGE-EI, I Had Opportunities to Meet with Great People Who Influenced Me a Lot, says George Vachadze

George Vachadze, our PhD graduate from 1999, has recently been appointed Full Professor at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.  How does he remember his studies at CERGE-EI and what is he currently working on? Read his answers to these and other questions in our interview with George.

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Meet Our Alumni: I am glad I did not miss the opportunity to gain expertise from top researchers, says Ludmila Matysková

Ludmila Matysková, one of our 2018 PhD in Economics graduates, has just begun her third year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Microeconomics at the University of Bonn. In an interview with Ludmila we asked her why she chose Game Theory as her field of study and what aspects of her PhD studies have influenced her the most. Continue reading Meet Our Alumni: I am glad I did not miss the opportunity to gain expertise from top researchers, says Ludmila Matysková

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Meet Our Alumni: The CERGE-EI experience has stirred up my long-lasting passion for economics and doing research, says Teodora Paligorova

Teodora Paligorova, a Ph.D. graduate from 2007, started her career at the Bank of Canada. Four years ago, she became the Principal Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. What does she see as the biggest challenges in the field of finance? And what are the three messages she has for CERGE-EI students? We are happy she shared her thoughts with us in a blog interview.

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MEET OUR ALUMNI: I AM ALREADY IN THE FOURTH GENERATION OF TEACHERS IN MY FAMILY, SAYS KREŠIMIR ŽIGIĆ

Krešimir ŽigićCitigroup Endowment Associate Professor with Tenure at CERGE-EI, and a Ph.D. graduate from 1996, studied in the first CERGE-EI cohort. How does he remember the atmosphere of the first years of our institution and why did he decide on a career in academia? We asked Krešo several questions for our Blog interview.

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Meet Our Alumni: The start-up spirit of CERGE-EI from the early 90s has stayed with me throughout my career, says Libor Krkoška

Only two years after CERGE-EI was founded, Libor Krkoška enrolled in the PhD in Economics program. Following his graduation, he was the first graduate from Eastern Europe hired by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Chief Economist Office in 1997. Ever since then he has been an active employee of the ERBD for some 24 years, working in multiple positions all around the world. How different of an experience was it for him back then at CERGE-EI? What from his student years has influenced him the most in his career? What is his role now in the EBRD as Country Strategy Deputy Director in London? Find out the answers to these and some other questions in a new interview with Libor. Continue reading Meet Our Alumni: The start-up spirit of CERGE-EI from the early 90s has stayed with me throughout my career, says Libor Krkoška

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Meet Our Alumni: The International Monetary Fund is a great place to work, says Martin Čihák

Martin Čihák, one of CERGE-EI’s early PhD graduates, recollected his student memories with us and the impact the studies at CERGE-EI had on furthering his career. Having worked for the International Monetary Fund in multiple areas for about two decades, Martin is currently involved in overseeing IMF operations in several countries. How has the IMF responded to the COVID-19 crisis? And what does Martin wish CERGE-EI on the occasion of its 30th birthday? Continue reading Meet Our Alumni: The International Monetary Fund is a great place to work, says Martin Čihák

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Vladimír Novák: My Research as a Postdoc at Universita Bocconi

One of our recent graduates, Vladimír Novák, has already achieved a great deal in the field of economic research. Last year, Vladimír successfully defended his dissertation under the supervision of Filip Matejka and lent his hand to participate in the IDEA Anti COVID-19 initiative, which issued many studies on matters related to the coronavirus outbreak. How has his research focus shifted after he joined the team of professor Eliana La Ferrara (former president of European Economic Association and 2020 recipient of Brigid Grodal Award for the best European-based female economist) at Universita Bocconi? What are his current research projects? We asked Vladimír several questions for our blog interview. Continue reading Vladimír Novák: My Research as a Postdoc at Universita Bocconi

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In Need of Support Funds to Keep the Competitive Edge

Our PhD in Economics graduate from 2003, David Vávra, founder and managing partner of OGResearch, is until today strongly connected to CERGE-EI. He was one of the initiators to establish the CERGE-EI Student Support Fund, and as of 2020, sits on the Board of Nadace CERGE-EI as its Chair. What was it like for him as a student? What is his vision as Board Chair at Nadace CERGE-EI? Read an interview with David to learn more about his contributions to the CERGE-EI community and his career achievements.

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Meet Our Alumni: Our attention is limited, says Andrei Matveenko

Read an interview with Andrei Matveenko, our PhD in Economics graduate from 2019, who now works as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Copenhagen. We spoke about Andrei’s positive influences during his studies at CERGE-EI, and his research interest in studying the role of information in Economics, namely the subfield Rational Inattention theory.

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