This summer, Vladimír Novák, our PhD student, attended the 6th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, where 350 young international economists from 66 countries met with 17 Nobel Laureates. The meeting lasted for 5 days and was packed with lectures, panel discussions (all of them now available online), special breakfasts or dinners, but also with coffee breaks and other informal gatherings where participants could have fruitful discussion on whatever topic they liked.
Food is culture – and culture connects. On 5 October students from more than 15 countries shared a part of their cultural heritage by participating in CERGE-EI’s annual International Food Party and by offering up traditional dishes representing their countries of origin. In celebration of this day, CERGE-EI welcomed faculty, students, and staff to this event taking place in the historical halls of Schebek Palace.
Brown bag seminars are an inherent part of CERGE-EI community life. Read a short interview with Jakub Grossmann, current CERGE-EI PhD student, and learn what is the best thing about them. Continue reading BROWN BAG SEMINARS: A GREAT WAY TO SEE WHAT RESEARCH OTHER PEOPLE FROM CERGE-EI ARE DOING
We are quite lucky to see you often at the Gala. How does it feel, coming back and experiencing this “condensed” version of CERGE-EI from your perspective?
It always feels great to come back to meet with the CERGE-EI community and friends. CERGE-EI is a very special place for me, full of great people. We all have different experiences and diverse backgrounds but the CERGE-EI experience makes us part of the same community. I always leave inspired, having spent the evening with the CERGE-EI community and the distinguished guests. Continue reading The CERGE-EI experience makes us part of the same community: An Interview with Pavel Dvořák (PhD 2008, Czech Republic)
Mariola Pytliková is another new member of the CERGE-EI faculty, joining us as both Assistant Professor and Researcher. In addition to CERGE-EI, she is also active at the VSB Technical University in Ostrava, which is close to the Beskydy mountains, where she currently lives.
This year, CERGE-EI welcomed five new faculty members, which ranks among the most important hiring successes in CERGE-EI’s history for faculty expansion. One of them is Andreas Menzel, whose arrival marks an enrichment of the existing circle of CERGE-EI microeconomists.
Inattention, why we’re all doing it, and why that’s rational – according to economics.
In the lead up to CERGE-EI’s unique conference on Rational Inattention, Associate Professor with Tenure and Researcher, Filip Matejka, provided a free crash course for students to get a rundown on the subject.
Fairly new to the scene and quickly evolving, the field of Rational Inattention in economics is, quite ironically, gaining attention. On Wednesday 24th of May, graduate students from around the globe, including Stanford, NYU, Columbia, UCLA and more, gathered in Prague to learn and discuss the core issues of the subject. Continue reading Not listening? Well, it’s only rational.
What do you get when you mix three brilliant students, The Dalai Lama and an Ivy League school? Inspired! Over a few months in 2014, Liyousew Borga, Vít Hradil and Branka Marković, journeyed to Princeton University to undertake their Doctorate in Economics alongside top scholars. Now back in Prague, these three CERGE-EI prodigies share their endeavors in the American dream.
As part of the Student Mobility program, PhD students are encouraged to conduct part of their dissertation research in a prestigious university overseas, including Princeton University. With this opportunity Liyousew, Vít and Branka were able to access a wealth of knowledge, guidance and connections that enlivened their PhD experience and enhanced their personal and professional development. Continue reading Invigorated by the Ivy League Experience
It seems like there’s no longer a place for economics as we used to know it. A new generation of economists, calling themselves “behavioral economists“, are challenging a basic principle of classic economics: the assumption that humans only make rational decisions. Continue reading People Don’t Just Make Rational Decisions
Are you charged up by change? Do you thrive on uncertainty? Are you turned on by the quirky? Answer yes to all of the above and you might want to delve deeper into the field of energy economics. And with energy security fast becoming a priority on national agendas, there are increasing career opportunities for economists with specialized energy expertise. Continue reading Energy economics: on bread, yetis and Utopia