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.
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.
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.
Jana Cahlíková graduated from our PhD program a few years ago, but keeps returning to CERGE-EI on many occasions. Read our short interview about her job market experience, a short period of a difficult decision-making, and her current research.
Ivana Draženović works as a labor market analyst for the Croatian National Bank. She is another great example of a young professional who had been working for a few years when she realized that she wanted to develop new skills and move forward in her career. Continue reading From Bank to School and Back
Igor Knež had been working at the Croatian Bureau of Statistics for five years when he decided to send his application for CERGE-EI´s Master in Applied Economics program. After one year of hard work, he left Prague in July 2019 with a new diploma, new skills and new knowledge, and plans for his future, but also with a feeling that he had became part of a big family. Continue reading Skills I Have Learned Help me to Address the Challenges my Country is Facing, Says MAE Alumni Igor
Science knows no borders—or does it? IDEA researchers Martin Srholec and Vít Macháček have conducted a study that sheds some light on this rather philosophical question. By combining data from 174 countries, 27 disciplines and 13 years, Macháček and Srholec showed how Chinese science has entered the global research arena and the lasting effect the so-called Iron Curtain has had on research in certain countries. Continue reading Science Without Borders? Not yet, Proves a Study by IDEA Researchers