Category Archives: PhD

After PhD at CERGE-EI I had to give back to Armenia

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.

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An honor to contribute to IDEA Anti covid-19, say CERGE-EI students

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.

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Talking Economics: Bangladeshi Garment Sector

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

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Economics as a Powerful Set of Tools that Can Be Applied Almost Anywhere

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.

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History and Social Media Through Eyes of Economists

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

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Mentoring Program for Women Researchers

The final day of the 2019 Mentoring Program for Women Researchers took place on Friday 1st March 2019 at CERGE-EI. What started out as a plan to mentor CERGE-EI’s own women PhD students spread to a more open program to include PhD candidates from other faculties and subjects due to its popularity, as Lucia Stefankova, CERGE-EI’s Deputy Director for Development and PR, stated during the opening of the workshop.

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