Category Archives: Interviews

CERGE-EI Award for Popularization of Science: an Interview with Filip Pertold

Filip Pertold (CERGE-EI researcher and 2010 PhD in Economics Graduate) has received an Honorary Award for his dedication to the popularization of economic research and its impact on society. Filip has actively participated in a number of projects and activities promoting economic research and CERGE-EI to professionals, students, the business community and the general public.

Filip has recently been involved in the CERGE-EI High School Project, the Czech Academy of Science’s Week of Science, the Science Cafe, an expert Roundtable on Public Policy in Pre-School anagement, the Human Resources Leaders Forum, a Roundtable on Poverty organized by the Sirius Foundation, a roundtable discussion entitled Women with Children in the Labour Market for the British Chamber of Commerce, a Conference on Aging Society for the Tatiana Kucharova Foundation, and many others.

Filip was awarded the Neuron Impulse Award in 2013. His fields of interest include Applied Microeconometrics, Public Economics, and Labour and Health Economics. His paper entitled “Manipulation of Procurement Contracts: Evidence from the Introduction of Discretionary Thresholds” has recently been published in the American Economic Journal.

This is our short interview with Filip:

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CERGE-EI has given us excellent tools to succeed globally

An Interview with Michaela Erbenová (PhD 1997, Czech Republic)

You have recently been elected as the IMF Executive Director for Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and Turkey. What is your biggest goal for next two years?

After more than 70 years, the Czech Republic can directly influence the decision making of the International Monetary Fund. I am deeply honored to have been given this opportunity to represent the eight countries of our so-called Central and Eastern European Constituency in the IMF Executive Board.[1] My predecessors – Johann Prader from Austria and İbrahim Çanakcı from Turkey – helped to establish a strong reputation of our constituency as  influential, pragmatic and well-run. I have an ambition to further develop this tradition, to promote the multilateral character of our institution and to represent an authentic and consistent voice of countries of Central and Eastern Europe in the IMF Executive Board. Continue reading CERGE-EI has given us excellent tools to succeed globally

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THE NOMAD RESEARCHING MIGRATION: AN INTERVIEW WITH NEW FACULTY MEMBER MARIOLA PYTLIKOVÁ

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.

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FROM HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITY TO THE BANGLADESHI TEXTILE INDUSTRY: AN INTERVIEW WITH NEW CERGE-EI FACULTY MEMBER ANDREAS MENZEL

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.

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ON WOMEN IN ECONOMY AND THE FASCINATION FOR OIL INDUSTRY: AN INTERVIEW WITH NEW FACULTY MEMBER VERONIKA SELEZNEVA

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.

Two of them – Stanislav Anatolyev (see the Blog entry) and Veronika Selezneva — are linked with Moscow´s New Economic School (NES). At CERGE-EI this academic year, Veronika will be teaching macroeconomics.

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THE ANSWERS WERE CERGE-EI AND PRAGUE: AN INTERVIEW WITH NEW FACULTY MEMBER STANISLAV ANATOLYEV

This year, CERGE-EI welcomed 5 new faculty members, which ranks among the most important hiring successes in CERGE-EI’s history for faculty expansion.

One of them is Stanislav Anatolyev who came to CERGE-EI with the position of full tenured professor from Moscow´s New Economic School (NES). At CERGE-EI, he will be teaching econometrics, which is his principal field of interest in teaching as well as in research.

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Interview with Veronika Jelínková on co-founding Metalearners.com and studying MA in Applied Economics at CERGE-EI

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Taking a bit of time out of Veronika Jelínková’s busy lifestyle in global innovation hub, San Francisco Bay Area, we caught up with the Czech economist on launching Metalearners.com and studying at CERGE-EI.

Veronika, who studied the MA in Applied Economics at CERGE-EI after graduating from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, recently co-founded Metalerners.com, a movement that connects people who apply metalearning in their work. Metalearning is simply the art of learning anything smarter. It is a complex know-how that includes various areas such as emotional intelligence, biohacking, pareto rule, neuroscience, psychology, biology and other cool fields that help people unlock their superpowers.
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Life after New Economic Talent: Interview with Salim Turdaliev

As we count down the days till The New Economic Talent 2016 deadline, we did a bit of reflecting on previous NET competitions. Last year, the top three of 138 submissions presented their thesis in Prague and a total of $1500 USD was awarded to winners. But the benefits of the competition go beyond just money and travel; we caught up with past NET finalist, Salim Turdaliev, to gain a fresh insight into the contest and his life in academia today. Continue reading Life after New Economic Talent: Interview with Salim Turdaliev

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A recipe for inspiration

DSC_0198Take one ambitious and curious junior researcher. Give him three months in a city that is home to some of the world’s top learning institutions. Offer him the chance to test his ideas with thought leaders in his field. What happened? We asked Vojta Bartos.

Vojta specialises in development and behavioral economics. He is currently investigating how extreme and seasonal shocks impact the enforcement of social norms, focusing on agricultural communities in Afghanistan. He spent the fall semester of 2014 at New York University. Now back in Prague, he shared his recent experience with us.
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Teaching on the Frontier: An Interview with PhD Student Tomáš Miklánek

Education in economics is one of the least reformed areas in the post-communist world. University classrooms across the former Soviet bloc severely lack motivated and professional economic instructors. Poor instruction engenders future thinkers, voters, and leaders with distorted or no understanding of modern economic principles. Young people are robbed of a quality education that can aid them in thinking critically about the problems facing their societies. This subsequently impedes the prospects for greater openness, growth, and prosperity in this important part of the world.

CERGE-EI Teaching Fellowship Program supports dedicated young men and women who enter undergraduate classrooms across the region to teach modern, market-based economics to the next generation. Teaching with novel methods and modern textbooks, fellows introduce new ways of thinking. Beyond their strong impact in the classroom, the fellows demonstrate best practices to other faculty members, raising quality throughout their host institutions.

Tomáš Miklánek, a CERGE-EI PhD Student from Slovakia, wanted to make a contribution to the future prosperity of the region and decided to join the Teaching Fellows Program to teach a course. Teaching in the classroom is never an easy thing, but Tomáš had his mind set on an even bigger challenge. Rather than teach in his native Slovakia (or in the Czech Republic, a close cultural and linguistic cousin), Tomáš decided to teach in Voronezh, Russia, a remote city in Southwestern Russia.

Why did he choose Voronezh? What experiences and impact did he have there? Watch the brief video interview with Tomáš to learn more!

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