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Michal Bauer Receives Education Ministry Award for Outstanding Results in Research, Experimental Development and Innovation.


On Monday, December 12, 2022, the Waldstein Palace in Prague was hosting the award ceremony of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in the field of higher education, science and research. The Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Vladimír Balaš and the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Research Radka Wildová, presented the awards to eighteen laureates, including our alumnus and colleague,Michal Bauer.

The Award for Outstanding Results in Research, Experimental Development and Innovation, which recognizes achievements over the past five years, based on the support provided by the Ministry, was awarded to Michal Bauer primarily for the study published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, which reported that that the vast majority of medical doctors in the Czech Republic trust and support vaccination, but that there is a widespread belief among the public that doctors’ opinions are divided and that only about half trust the vaccines. Informing people that there is a broad positive consensus among doctors persistently increases vaccination uptake by the public. Scientists working at four research institutes - the Institute of Economic Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, CERGE-EI, the University of Munich and the Max Planck Institute in Munich - collaborated on this research, which revealed an effective way to increase public interest in vaccination. Details about this resarch and its co-authors can be found here.

However, Michal Bauer was nominated for the award (at the initiative of CERGE-EI) also thanks to other research papers in the field of experimental and behavioural economics - the article  Social contagion of ethnic hostility, which was published in the highly prestigious interdisciplinary journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, using modern experimental methods  shows which social factors can become triggers for hatred. The paper War Increases Religiosity published in the top field journal Nature Human Behaviour and co-authored by colleagues from Harvard University and the University of San Francisco, uses data from three post-conflict countries to show that war experience increases the importance of religion in people's lives. Finally, the article Covid-19 Crisis and Hostility Against Foreigners uses experiments in the Czech context to show that anti-foreigner sentiments have risen during the crisis.

Congratulations on the achievement and best of luck with the future research!

 Photo by: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

Autor - Barbora Holková

February 2023




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