Topics in Industrial Organization last lecture - Vladimír Železný

08/12/2014   |   PhDr. Jiří Schwarz

All students are invited to the last Topics in IO lecture which will be given by Vladimír Železný, the person who was behind the start and successful development of the first commercial TV channel in the Czech Republic. If you are interested in the topic of TV and media, and want to hear about the current challenges in this area, join us this Wednesday at 15.30 in room 314!

The new issue (6/14) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance

04/12/2014   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

 has been released and brings the following papers

 The journal is published by Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University and is currently edited by Roman Horváth (Editor-in-Chief), and Senior editors: Jarko Fidrmuc (Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen), Martin Fukač (New Zealand Treasury), Evžen Kočenda (CERGE-EI), Ondřej Schneider (IES, IIF), and Laurent Weill (University of Strasbourg). 

The Czech Economic Society awarded students

02/12/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

The results of the Young Economist Award and Karel English Award were announced on November 29, 2014 during the 8th Biennial Conference of the Czech Economic Society.

The Young Economist Award winners:

1st place - Vojtěch Bartoš (CERGE-EI, graduate of the master´s  degree at IES FSV UK) for the work  "Sharing norms during seasonal food shortages: Experimental evidence from Afghanistan"

2nd place - Olga Popova (CERGE-EI) for the work "Can Religion Insure against Aggregate Shocks to Happiness? The Case of Transition Countries"

3rd place - Klára Kalíšková (CERGE-EI, graduate of the master´s  degree at IES FSV UK) for the work  "Labor Supply Consequences of Family Taxation: Evidence from the Czech Republic"

The Karel English Award winner:

Simona Malovaná (IES FSV UK) for the work  "Foreign Exchange Interventions at the Zero Lower Bound in the Czech Economy: A DSGE Approach"

A special prize of the Czech Economic Association:

Dominika Rečková (IES SV UK) for the work  "Publication Bias in Measuring Anthropogenic Climate Change"

The course evaluation has just started

01/12/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

We would like to ask you to actively participate in the course evaluation in the period between 1st and 19th of December. The results of the evaluation will be published on the website and analyzed in detail by the program directors.

Your participation in the course evaluation is absolutely critical for our ability to use the survey as a reliable feedback.

Thank you in advance for filling in all forms.

Center for Advanced Economic Studies Fall Meeting

28/11/2014   |   PhDr. Jozef Baruník Ph.D.

 The biannual (fall) meeting of the joint research center of CERGE and our Institute - Center for Advanced Economic Studies - will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 12pm to 2pm at IES, room 601 with four presentations of current research of CAES members. Broad Faculty staff as well as interested students are more than welcome to participate and discuss the current research of the center.

Jaromír Baxa has received Josef Hlávka Award

18/11/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

The Foundation of Josef, Marie and Zdenka Hlávkových awarded the best students of Prague universities, Brno University of Technology and talented young scientists of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Josef Hlávka Award is intended for talented students in bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree programs who have demonstrated exceptional skills and creative thinking in their field, and talented young researchers of Academy of Sciences under 33 years of age.

Josef Hlávka Award this year also received Jaromír Baxa, IES FSV UK. Congratulations!

Information from the October meeting of the Academic Senate of the Faculty (in Czech only)

17/11/2014   |   PhDr. Jiří Kukačka

The click-through headline you will find the minutes of the October meeting of the Academic Senate FSV UK. The most important items on the agenda: re-accreditation of the Bachelor and Master study programs Ekonomie a finance, Economics and Finance; announcement of by-elections to the Academic Senate of the UK (25. and 26. 11. 2014); appointment of honorary members of the Scientific Board of the FSV (prof. Michal Mejstrik from the IES and others). Minutes of the November meeting will appear on the IES News immediately after its publication on the website of the Senate. Please feel free to contact me with your questions and suggestions.

JEB138 Topics in Economic Regulation

12/11/2014   |   PhDr. Lenka Šťastná Ph.D.

The mini-course on economic regulation given by Prof. Maria Rita Martins from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) is starting today. There are 2 sessions (each having 2 lectures): Wednesday November 12th from 17:00, Thursday November 13th from 15:30. The exam will take place on Friday (Nov 14th) from 12:30. All bachelor students are welcome.

IES Alumni Reunion 6. 11.

09/11/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

Thanks for coming to the IES Alumni Reunion, the attendace was great. We are looking forward to see you next year. You can find the photos here.

Alumni IES Reunion 6. 11. at 7:00PM

04/11/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

We would like to kindly invite all the IES graduates and IES pedagogues to the annual Alumni IES reunion, which will be held on the 6th November, Thursday, at 7:00 PM. This reunion will take a place in an informal atmosphere of the Restaurant Ostrovní. The entrance fee will be optional, and all the money collected will be dedicated to Alumni Chair. Therefore the food and drinks in the restaurant will not be for free, and you will be responsible for your consummation.

The new issue (5/14) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance

03/11/2014   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

The new issue (5/14) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance has been released
and brings the following papers

  • Risk-Return Convergence in CEE Stock Markets: Structural Breaks and Market
    Volatility -  Štefan LYÓCSA, Eduard BAUMÖHL
  • Capital Income Taxation and Risk-Taking under Prospect Theory: The
    Continuous Distribution Case - Jaroslava HLOUSKOVA, Jana MIKOCZIOVA, Rudolf SIVAK, Peter TSIGARIS
  • Housing Wealth Effect on Personal Consumption: Empirical Evidence fromEuropean Post-Transition
    Economies - Anita ČEH ČASNI
  • An Empirical Analysis of Welfare Dependence in the Czech Republic - Martin GUZI

The journal is published by Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University and is currently
edited by Roman Horváth (Editor-in-Chief), and Senior editors: Jarko Fidrmuc (Zeppelin
University, Friedrichshafen), Martin Fukač (New Zealand Treasury), Evžen Kočenda
(CERGE-EI), Ondřej Schneider (IES, IIF), and Laurent Weill (University of Strasbourg).

Summer School 2015 in Washington, D.C.

03/11/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

We are happy to inform that we have again received an offer of three places for FSS students at The Fund for American Studies Summer School in Washington, D.C., USA, during June and July 2015. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 12 November. For more information please visit the Study Abroad section of the Faculty's intranet here.

Presentation by Robert Maderitsch

03/11/2014   |   PhDr. Jitka Lešanovská

We would like to invite you to the presentation by Robert Maderitsch (University of Hohenheim) on the topic „24-Hour Realized Volatilities and Transatlantic Volatility Interdependence“. The presentation will be held on November 12, 2014 from 6:30 pm in room 105. The underlying paper for the presentation is to be found on the webpage of the doctoral seminar JED414 - Quantitative Methods I.

Internships Abroad in the USA

03/11/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

Do you want to complete a professional internship in the United States or Germany, to enhance your career prospects and immerse yourself in another culture? Join us on December 4 at 16:00 in the Hollar Building, Smetanovo nabrezi 6, Prague 1 (room TBC) to find out how to make that wish a reality. Cultural Vistas will explain all you need to know regarding the internship search, what visa you need, and their internship placement services for students in all areas of study.
Cultural Vistas is a non-profit organization that provides internship and career enhancement programs abroad for students and young professionals. Learn more by visiting their website
To attend the information session on December 4, please RSVP to by Friday, 28 November.

Job position for IES graduates at ČSOB

30/10/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

The details of the position Transformation manager / Management consultant can be found here. To apply for the position, see the same web page.

Online career event for students

29/10/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

IES students have the opportunity to register and monitor online discussion for professional careers in finance with experts of BNY Mellon, Citi, Thomson Reuters and Blackrock here. Registration is free.

The Czech Economic Review, Vol. 8, No. 2

27/10/2014   |   PhDr. Lenka Šťastná Ph.D.

A new issue of the Czech Economic Review is just coming out. See table of contents:

The journal is published by Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University and is currently edited by Martin Gregor (Managing editor, Charles University), Randal Filler (City University of New York), František Turnovec (Charles University) and Milan Vlach (Charles University; KCGI, Kyoto).

Study opportunities in Shanghai and Moscow

21/10/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

We would like to remind you of coming deadline (Wednesday, October 22) for applications for study abroad programs in Shanghai (East China University) and Moscow (New Economic School). For details, follow the link.

BCG STRATEGY CUP 2014 November 7-14

20/10/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

BCG Strategy Cup is a one-week business competition between teams from top Czech and Slovak universities. Find the unexpected solution to real-life business case. Team up and win the BCG Strategy Cup with a prize of CZK 50,000. Students in their final year of study (master or PhD) and three or four members per team are particularly welcome to apply. 

Apply now by November 4 at If you have questions, please contact the BCG at

Verbal interviews for applicants for Erasmus+ internships

17/10/2014   |   PhDr. Lenka Šťastná Ph.D.

Verbal interviews for applicants for Erasmus+ internships will take place on November 4 from 12:30am in room 105. Applicants will be notified about the detailed schedule.

Master thesis consultations in investment banking

16/10/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

Our recent graduate Ivona Hrušová Butcher, currently working in a hedge fund in New York City, offers consultations on selected topics in investment strategies and application of quantitative methods. This is a unique opportunity to receive valuable feedback to your theses and get exposure to hedge fund industry in New York City. Please contact ivona [DOT] hrusova [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

Jean Tirole (TSE) awarded Nobel Prize in Economics

14/10/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

Jean Tirole, the chairman of Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), has received the 2014 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Jean Tirole has been affiliated with TSE since 1991. On that occassion, we would like to make students aware of a new exchange agreement between the IES and TSE which allows us to send a couple of students to this respectable European school of economics.

Excellent RePEc rankings of recent PhD graduates from IES FSV UK

09/10/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

According to RePEc, IES graduate Tomas Havranek ranks first among the academic economists in the world who graduated in 2013, and Roman Horvath ranks fourth among those who graduated in 2008! Congratulations!

RePEc is the largest worldwide database of research articles in economics and finance with more than 40,000 registered economists. RePEc provides various rankings of economists based on the quality of their publications and number of citations. 

These statistics highlight the quality of our PhD program because this methodology points to the top publishing activity and the frequency in the global comparison. 

Dissertation Pre-defense of Tomas Sedlacek

08/10/2014   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

Dissertation Pre-defense of Tomas Sedlacek will take place on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:30 pm in room 314. The topic is "Selected Chapters from the History of Economic Thought". All scholars and students are invited.

Reseach and Policy Note of the CNB on the exchange rate instrument

08/10/2014   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

The Czech National Bank has published a Research and Policy Note "The Exchange Rate as an Instrument at Zero Interest Rates: The Case of the Czech Republic", co-authored by economists affiliated with the IES (T. Holub and in memoriam also K. Šmídková). The study is recommended especially (but not exclusively) to the students of Monetary Economics.

An internship offer abroad within the Erasmus+ framework

07/10/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

 If you are interested in an internship abroad with Erasmus+, you can apply until the 15th of October. Please find the detail concerning the selection procedure here. The list of institutions, where you can apply for an internship see attached here. The students who are planning their own professional internship in a foreign country can apply OZS (International office), and the office could enter into an agreement with the particular institution. The date of the interviews will be announced soon. In the case of questions do not hesitate to contact Ms. Eliška Šerhantová.

The best courses in Spring 2014

07/10/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

We congratulate lecturers of the best courses at the IES in Spring 2014:

  • Bachelor's: Matematika IV (Bárta), Matematika II (Holický), International Finance (Benáček)
  • Master's: Quantitative Finance II (Baruník, Vácha), Právo obchodních společností (Richter), Applied Econometrics (Horváth, Baruník, Baxa)

Our ranking is a geometric mean of the overall grade and the grade for course difficulty. Courses with a very low number of responses are not included. We also take this opportunity to encourage all students to actively take part in the course evaluations.

CFA Institute Research Challenge

03/10/2014   |   Jiří Novák M.Sc., Ph.D., Deloitte Corporate Chair

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute organizes an international student competition in company valuation. Teams of 3-5 students are assigned a mentor, CFA charter-holder, with an extensive business experience. Winners proceed to the European and global round. Learn more about the competition at the presentation on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 19:45 at the University of Economics (VSE). Applications of individual students accompanied with a CV and a transcript of records from SIS in pdf (printscreen) to Jiri Novak ( by October 16, 2014, 23:59. You may also attach a motivation letter (optional) specifying why you want to participate, your experience and time possibilities. Applicants should be aware that a successful participation yields valuable experience and a rich network of contacts, but it is time consuming and it requires effective collaboration in the team. Selection of team members will be based on the competence, motivation and commitment of individual applicants.

Deloitte Valuation Internship

03/10/2014   |   Jiří Novák M.Sc., Ph.D., Deloitte Corporate Chair

Deloitte offers a 1-year internship for students interested in valuation. The aim of the internship is to produce a thorough research-based memorandum of a valuation-related topic under the supervision of an experienced valuation professional. The outcome can further be used in the student’s Bachelor/Master Thesis. See the poster following the hyperlink in the heading of this announcement for more details. Apply by sending your CV to no later than October 15, 2014. Optionally, you can add a 1-page long discussion of a research question you are interested in.

Open Day at IES on September 22, 2014

03/10/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

The Institute of Economic Studies invited students, staff and guests from several international high schools from the Czech Republic interested in the English degree Bachelor programme of Economics and Finance (BEF).

They could attend presentations that outline what IES has to offer its students, the application procedure, and student life. 

At the Open Day visitors could listen to subject talks including Economics, Mathematics and Finance. They could also explore the IES premises, lecture rooms, library and computer lab and meet current IES students.

GAUK 2015 info meeting

03/10/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

We would like to inform that Grant Agency of Charles University announced a new competition for year 2015. The official IES meeting regarding the GAUK competition will by organized by the Centre for Doctoral Studies and will be held 9th of October at 18:30 in room 206.

CFA Institute Research Challenge - Kick-Off Presentation

03/10/2014   |   Jiří Novák M.Sc., Ph.D., Deloitte Corporate Chair

The slides from the kick-off presentation are available by clicking on the heading of this message.

BAT date has changed

02/10/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

Note that the date of BAT has changed. An update available here.

Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble at Charles University

28/09/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

On behalf of the Rector of Charles University, Professor Tomáš Zima we would like to cordially invite you to a lecture to be given by Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany on Tursday, the 2nd of October 2014 at 3.00 p.m. in the Patriotic hall of Carolinum. Invitation available here.

Jozef Baruník has published an article in the journal Econometric Reviews

28/09/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

We congratulate our colleague Jozef Baruník for his work to be published in the journal Econometric Reviews. The article "Modeling and Forecasting Persistent Financial Durations" is a joint work with Filip Žikeš (Bank of England) and Nikhil Shenai (Imperial College London).

The journal ranks among top 10 journals in the field of Econometrics in the world (according to the Article Influence Score from the Web of Science).

BAT informative session

27/09/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

Marián Ševcech organizes an informative session for all students who are interested in the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT). The meeting will be held on October 1, 2014 at 4 p.m. in room 016. Find more information here. How to apply here.

BCG CONNECTION EVENT October 20 at 6:00 p.m. Palace hotel, Panská 12, Praha 1

25/09/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

Are you ready to discover a career of challenge and reward? The Boston Consulting Group is the world’s leading advisor on business strategy and the pioneer of strategy consulting. Join our connection event to meet experienced BCG consultants and get answers to your questions. Learn about BCG’s Strategy Cup 2014 competition as well. Together we will develop the best in you.

Register now by October 15 at

Dissertation Defense of Petr Gapko

23/09/2014   |   Mgr. Michal Paulus

Dissertation Defense of Petr Gapko will take place on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:30 pm in room 314. The topic is „Three Essays on Credit Risk Quantification". All scholars and students are invited.

The picnic at Ladronka - a new date - 28. 9. 2014

22/09/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

The second picnic of IES Alumni will be held on the 28th of September 2014 from 3:00 PM. We will meet at the same place as the last time and even this time feel free to take your partners and children. Please see details here. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Open Day at the Institute of Economic Studies

22/09/2014   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

We would like to cordially invite you to the IES Open Day of the English degree Bachelor programme of Economics and Finance (BEF) held on September 22, 2014. You will have an opportunity to meet the faculty members and current students and ask questions about studies at the IES.

We are looking forward to your visit of our Institute in Opletalova street 26, Prague 1.

Detailed program of the IES Open Day is available here.

You can also find useful information about studies at the IES at Admissions web page.

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