Summarizing who you are, what you do and what you would like to do in the future usually turns out to be a bigger challenge than it looks. You’re applying to join our academic community and your statement should tell us what you understand about our institution and how you will fit in and contribute. This is the only part of the application package that you shape entirely yourself, where you can stress what you feel is important for us to consider or give additional information that is not evident elsewhere.
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.
During his PhD studies at CERGE-EI, Liyou Borga had the chance to experience student life at Princeton for four months. In this new interview, Liyou shares his experiences from this stay, and speaks about his current research projects at the University of Luxembourg as a postdoc.
Filip Matějka, a researcher and member of the CERGE-EI faculty, has received the prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. The Council selected Filip for the second time in the international competition of applicants for ERC grants. In 2015, he was the first to receive an ERC Starting grant for social science research in the Czech Republic. His project Attention continues to explore the imperfections of human decision-making and its impact on society, and we asked him a couple of questions regarding it.
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.
What makes one enroll in the Master in Applied Economics program when he/she already has a promising career in architecture and urbanism? Read an interview with Lukáš Makovský, our MAE graduate from 2018, who we sat down with to discuss professional life choices, his studies at CERGE-EI, working in Prague, and doing research in London at once, and a bit more.
Vahagn Jerbashian, our graduate on the PhD in Economics program, has been working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Barcelona since 2013. In this interview, he shares his journey from theoretical mathematics to economics, his current research interests that lie in technological change and innovation, competition, human capital accumulation, and economic growth; and his activities for the Armenian Economic Association.
Dejan Kovac spoke with us about his experience at Princeton University, running for president, and his research mostly focused on solving important policy questions in Croatia.
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.