CERGE-EI maintains that it ranks among the best economic institutes in the world. Recently CERGE-EI cooperated with Oxford University in organizing an academic conference focused on the connection between psychology and economics. The prestigious English university specifically requested CERGE-EI’s cooperation in organizing and participating in the conference, and CERGE-EI researchers were given the job of choosing who to invite.
“It’s quite common for individuals to attend academic conferences abroad. But for one institution to invite an entire other institution is quite an honor,” said Filip Matejka of CERGE-EI, who has been specializing in the special topic of the conference (the theory known as ‘Rational Inattention’) since his time as a PhD student at Princeton University.
CERGE-EI already earned a good name for itself two years ago when it organized the first annual ‘Rational Inattention’ conference in Prague. Twenty top economists took part in that conference, including Christopher Sims, who is the 2011 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and a long-time research collaborator with Matejka. “We have managed to convince our international colleagues that we know how to organize a top-level conference and that we have research expertise in the field,” mentioned Matejka.