Prof. Orley Clark Ashenfelter (Princeton University) visits Charles University

14/01/2014   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

We are honored to announce that Prof. Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University) will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Charles University on January 15, 2014.

The ceremony will begin at 2:30 pm at the historical Karolinum hall of Charles University (Ovocny trh 3, Prague 1) and will be followed by a reception.

More on prof. Ashenfelter, one of the leading labour market economists, can be found here:

Job Position at the National Bank of Slovakia

08/01/2014   |   doc. Roman Horváth Ph.D., ČSOB Corporate Chair

 The National Bank of Slovakia is looking for an economist, which specializes on public finance. More information is available in the link (only in Slovak).

We would like to cordially invite you to the Open Day!

07/01/2014   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

Please accept our invitation to the Open Day of the Institute of Economic Studies that will be held on 17 January 2014. You will have an opportunity to meet the management, lecturers and current students, and ask questions about studies at the IES.

Also, we will give you a tour through our entire building on Opletalova street 26, Prague 1. 

We are looking forward to your visit!

Detailed program of the Open Day is available here

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

CFA Awareness Scholarships

06/01/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

We are awarding three (3) CFA Program Awareness Scholarships to best students interested in taking CFA Program exams. Awareness Scholarships are designated for key influencers in the academic and financial communities, including students affiliated with our Recognized Universities. The scholarships substantially reduce the CFA Program enrollment and exam registration fee.

The deadline for your application is January 15. Your application package should consist of your CV, transcript of grades and Verification Form. Submit your package as a hard copy at the secretariat. The results will be communicated via email.

IES-DSF Merit Scholarship

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

Duisenberg school of finance in Amsterdam and IES offer two merit scholarships consisting of a 50% EU-tuition waiver of €9,000 for two IES applicants to be applied towards the cost of any one of the Duisenberg school of finance Master’s programmes, including a guaranteed study loan from ING Bank to cover the remainder of his/her tuition fees. DSF is a leading finance school set up by industry and academic giants in The Netherlands to attract top talent to the financial center of Amsterdam. DSF will offer this opportunity to two exceptional IES candidates selected after careful consideration. Deadline for application: March 1.

Deadline for Master Thesis Proposals is February 14, 2014

31/12/2013   |   PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.

Dear students, please note that the topic of your thesis must be confirmed by your supervisor in the Student Information System one year before the defense. If you want to defend your thesis at the end of the Winter Semester 2014/2015, the deadline is February 14, 2014. Send the proposal (following the template available on the website of JEM124) to all teachers of the master thesis seminar by February 14, 2014. You can choose from a list of offered topics or come up with your own topic and try to contact a suitable advisor. I highly recommend you choose a narrowly defined empirical topic. Use the SIS module "Thesis (Selection of subject)" to assign to your topic. If your topic is not in the list, ask your supervisor to publish it. Please read carefully the information available on the seminar website.

The new issue (6/13) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance

16/12/2013   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

 The new issue (6/13) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance has been released and brings the following papers

30th International Competition on Master's Degree Theses on Economics and Finance

13/12/2013   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

have been launched in September by the “Centre des Professions Financières”. Please, find attached the Newsletter which summarizes key figures about this year Competition. This Newsletter also introduces current issues suggested by awarding associations. These topics could be developed in theses that would be submitted for the 30th edition. Deadline is postponed to 17 January 2014.

IES Party Fest - Xmas Edition

13/12/2013   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

We would like to invite you to the party from the legendary Christmas PartIES series which will be a joint event with the IES Fest this time! Come and enjoy an unforgettable evening in the famous Prague venue Chapeau Rouge.   

You can look forward to seven bands on two stages - the very best what the IES cultural scene has to offer! 

This Wednesday, 18.12. at 7:00 p.m.

More info: facebook event


Introduction to Auctions: a mini-course

12/12/2013   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

Jakub Kastl, Assistant Professor at Stanford University and our alumnus, is giving a crash mini-course on auctions at the IES. The 2-day course is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday (16-17 December; exact schedule to be announced). 

The course on auction markets will examine how auction theory performs on the real markets including eBay, Treasury Auctions, Liquidity and Electricity Auctions and Sponsored Ad Auctions. The course is a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about auctions from a top expert in the field.

The course starts on Monday 12:30-15:30 in Room 016 (computer lab). The next sessions are on Tuesday 9:30-12:30 in Room 105 (may be subject to change).

Preliminary timetable for summer semester 2013/14

12/12/2013   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

is available here. Changes possible.

Dissertation Defense of Petr Jansky

12/12/2013   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

Dissertation Defense of Petr Jansky will take place on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 5:00 pm in room 314. The topic is "Microeconomic Analysis for Evidence-Based Policy". All scholars and students are invited.

Lecture "Structural Gravity Model with Dummies Only"

11/12/2013   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

by Prof. Peter Egger from ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) will be held Monday 16 December, hall 105 at 16:00, IES. Prof. Egger will present his recent research on the construction of econometric models based on panel data (a topic where Prof. Egger is one of the world’s leading authorities). Although the specification of dummies (e.g. for countries, enterprises, agents, time and policies) is a topic of crucial importance, standard econometric techniques lead often to incorrect estimations and misleading inferences. An alternative approach to the problem where fixed effects estimators could still retain properties of a structural model will be discussed.

Dissertation Defense of Jan Prusa

02/12/2013   |   Mgr. Michal Paulus

Dissertation Defense of Jan Prusa will take place on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 5:00 pm in room 314. The topic is " Economic Efficiency, Competition and Equilibrium in Heterogeneous Production ". All scholars and students are invited.

Get involved in this year's trendence Graduate Barometer 2014!

27/11/2013   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

The trendence Graduate Barometer 2014 is a large-scale, independent piece of research into students' views on graduate careers and recruitment across the whole of Europe. Charles University is one of 1000 universities that participate in the study every year. 

Students of the IES have already participated twice and their answers serve as an important source of feedback on the quality of education at the IES. 

Please note that your answers are anonymous and your data will be protected.

This survey will allow you to express your opinion on your future career and your education. Moreover, you can win some Amazoon vouchers!

5 x Amazon voucher for 500 euro

10 x Amazon voucher of 200 euro

The questionnaire is available here.

Thanks for your support

26/11/2013   |   PhDr. Ladislav Krištoufek Ph.D.

IES has acquired full 10 mandates out of 20 in the elections to the Academic Senate of the Faculty. Thank you for the support, it is highly appreciated! 

CNB Guest Lecture on FX reserve management

22/11/2013   |   PhDr. Martina Jašová

On November 25, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:20 pm in room 109 Mr. Ondrej Stradal (Head of Foreign Reserve Management in Czech National Bank) will give a guest lecture in the course of JEM037 - Financial Markets. Mr Stradal will discuss some practical aspects of CNB FX reserve management including recent FX intervention. All IES students are welcome to attend the lecture.

Dissertation Defense of Tomas Havranek

21/11/2013   |   Mgr. Michal Paulus

Dissertation Defense of Tomas Havranek will take place on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 5:00 pm in room 314. The topic is " Meta-Analysis in International Economics". All scholars and students are invited.

Support IES in the upcoming Senate elections

19/11/2013   |   PhDr. Ladislav Krištoufek Ph.D.

Between 20.11. and 22.11.2013, the elections to the Academic senate of the Faculty will be taking place at IES. IES has 5 candidates for the pedagogical chamber (Cervinka, Hollmannova, Koubek, Kristoufek, Kukacka) and 5 candidates for the student chamber (Dockal, Dutton, Losenicky, Malek, Nedved). Each of you has 5 votes for the pedagogical and 5 votes for the student chamber. A sufficient representation of IES in the Senate is crucial. Please, come, vote and support IES.


Your candidates


18/11/2013   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

will be held at Mendel University in Brno from 28 – 29 NOVEMBER, 2013. Program enclosed. You are invited to active participation in the role of discussants.

Petr Janský contributed to new results of the Commitment to Development Index

18/11/2013   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

New results of the Commitment to Development Index (CDI), recently reported by Guardian and other international as well as Czech media, show which countries have most development friendly policies. The Czech Republic ranks 24th out of 27 rich countries and has a huge potential for improvement in helping poor countries. 

Petr Janský (IES) has contributed to the CDI project of the Center for Global Development (a US think tank) by successfully proposing to include a measure of illicit financial flows in the CDI and hence contributed to a now renamed Finance component of the CDI.  

More info:  web CDI.

Workshop “Funding of R&D in the CR and the EU“ on Thursday, 14 November 2013 at 5:00pm in room 109

14/11/2013   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

We invite all students and faculty members for aseminar “Funding of R&D in the CR and the EU“. Three main speakers will present their views on the topic: PaedDr. Alena Gajdůšková (Vice-President of The Senate), Ing. Ruz Bízková (CEO of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic) and Dr. Jana Gutierréz Chvalkovská (IES). This seminar will be chaired by PhDr. Petr Teplý, Ph.D. and is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 November 2012 at 5:00 – 6:45 pm in room 109 at the IES.

The Economist published results of the Financial Secrecy Index with participation of Petr Jansky

12/11/2013   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

New results of the Financial Secrecy Index (FSI), recently reported by The Economist, show that not only little island states (tax havens included), but also some big economies are the biggest contributors to the financial secrecy. Petr Jansky (IES) has been contributing to the FSI project of the Tax Justice Network since 2009 and focuses on the quantitative part of the FSI (exports of financial services).

An academic article on the FSI was presented at a conference in Oxford and is currently under review by a top journal.

More info:  web FSI.

The new issue (5/13) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance

06/11/2013   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

The new issue (5/13) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance 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), Jarko Fidrmuc (Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen), Martin Fukač (IMF), Ondřej Schneider (IES, IIF), Tomáš Tichý (VSB-TU) and Laurent Weill (University of Strasbourg). 

Invitation to the lecture "Conflict Model and Cultures of Migration" by prof. Dr. Ibrahim Sirkeci

06/11/2013   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

The Institute of Economic Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, would like to cordially invite you to the lecture "Conflict Model and Cultures of Migration"  by Professor Dr. Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent's University London).   

The lecture will take place on 11 November, 12:30 - 14:00, at the IES premises, Opletalova 26, Prague 1, room 206.

The lecture is held within the course JEM081 Advanced Economics of European Integration - Microeconomic Aspects ( All students and lecturers of the Faculty of Social Sciences are welcome.  

Please register by sending an e-mail to Dr. Wadim Strielkowski (  

More info is available here.

University Trading Challenge 2013-2014

29/10/2013   |   PhDr. Ladislav Krištoufek Ph.D.

IES has been invited to participate in University Trading Challenge 2013-2014. Teams of 3-5 students will compete in investing on-line, see the details here. Only one team for the whole Institute is allowed to participate. If you are interested, please send a list of team members together with an appointed team leader to Attach also (PDF) transcripts from SIS. Selection will be made on a basis of Mathematics I + II averages. Note that the team members must be at least the second year students born after the 31st December 1985. The deadline for the team proposals is on 8.11.2013.

Česká spořitelna Competition Results

23/10/2013   |   PhDr. Pavel Vacek Ph.D.

Bachelor thesis of Jan Šedek (Creditor coordination model - discrete case and limit behaviour) and Master thesis of Tomáš Klinger (Systemic risk and sovereign crisis) were awarded the Prize of Česká spořitelna for the best bachelor and master thesis defended in summer 2013. Congratulations!

CFA Research Challenge 2014

21/10/2013   |   Jiří Novák Ph.D., Deloitte Corporate Chair

The Chartered Financial Analysts Institute (CFA) 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, 2 October 2013, at 19:45 at the University of Economics (VSE) RB 212 . Applications of individual students accompanied with a CV, a brief motivation letter and a transcript of records from SIS in pdf (printscreen) to Jiri Novak ( by 22 October 2010, 23:59. Applicants should be aware that a successful participation is time consuming. In the motivation letter applicants should specify their time constraints and how much time they are ready to invest in the competition. Selection of team members will be based on the competence, motivation and commitment of the individual applicants.

Grant information meeting

15/10/2013   |   PhDr. Lubomír Cingl

All PhD and MA students, especially first year and second year PhD students, are cordially invited to an information meeting where the most common questions about the grant applications will be discussed. The meeting is based on the idea to help all the students to proceed with their applications. Please prepare questions which can be discussed. The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 17, from 16:30, room109  at Opletalova, IES, led by prof. Visek.

Workshop “The future of the Eurozone after general elections in Germany“ on Thursday, 10 October 2013 at 5:00pm

08/10/2013   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

We invite all students and faculty members for a seminar “The future of the Eurozone after general elections in Germany“. Three main speakers will present their views on the topic: Prof. Oldřich Dědek (lecturer at the IES), Prof. Michal Mejstřík (lecturer at the IES), Ing. Miroslav Zámečník (economic expert) and Dr. Petr Teplý (lecturer at the IES). This workshop is scheduled for Thursday, 10 October 2013 at 5:00pm in room 109 at the IES.

Our facebook profile has more than 1 000 fans...

08/10/2013   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

 ...and their number is still growing, thank you!

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Club 307

04/10/2013   |   Jiří Novák Ph.D., Deloitte Corporate Chair

Úterý 8. 10., 17.00, IES room 206; CLUB 307 je studentská organizace umožňující přímou interakci studentů a profesionáů z poradenských společností. Organizuje řadu přednášek, interaktivních workshopů a dalších událostí. CLUB 307 studentům nabízí unikátní příležitost nahlédnout do oboru poradenství a získat praktickou představu a zkušenosti s tímto odvětvím související. Právě proto CLUB 307 spolupracuje se čtyřmi exkluzivními partnery a přináší vám možnost poznat nadnárodní poradenské společnosti - A. T. Kearney, The Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Company a Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Více na

Dissertation Defense of Ladislav Kristoufek

03/10/2013   |   Mgr. Michal Paulus

Dissertation Defense of Ladislav Kristoufek will take place on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 5:00 pm in room 314. The topic is "Long-range cross-correlations: Tests, estimators and applications". All scholars and students are invited.

Invitation to the CFA Institute Careers in Investments Open Day

02/10/2013   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

Are you considering a career in investment? You can find out more about the investment industry and how to pursue a career within it as well as hear from industry experts on how you can be successful during the Careers in Investment Open Day that CFA Institute will livestream on Wednesday 23rd October.
Graduate recruiters including companies such as Towers Watson and Barclays will be on hand to tackle your questions and offer advice to help you through the recruitment process. CFA Institute will invite some of its members and exam candidates to offer an insight into their roles in the investment industry, and they can take your questions about their career path.

All you need to do is go the CFA Institute webpage, read the agenda and register.

Meeting of all PhD students

02/10/2013   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

Meeting of all Ph.D. students will be held on Thursday October 3, 2013 at 5 pm in room 109. It is advisable for all to join, however is is particularly useful for the first-year students. After the meeting there will be an informal part in a restaurant across the street.

BCG - Boston Tea Party

30/09/2013   |   Jiří Novák Ph.D., Deloitte Corporate Chair

October 22 at 6:00 p.m., Palace hotel, Panska 12, Praha 1, Are you ready to discover a career of challenge and reward? Do you know what is strategy consulting? Join our presentation to meet experiencedand BCG consultants and get answers to your questions. Learn about BCG's Strategy Cup 2013 competition as well. Refreshments will be served at the presentation. Find out more at

BCG Strategy Cup 2013

30/09/2013   |   Jiří Novák Ph.D., Deloitte Corporate Chair

November 8-15, 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 welcome to apply. Apply by November 5 at If you have questions, please contact us at

Dissertation Pre-defense of Petr Jansky

28/09/2013   |   Mgr. Michal Paulus

Dissertation Pre-defense of Petr Jansky will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 5:00 pm in room 314. The topic is "Microeconomic Analysis for Evidence-Based Policy ". All scholars and students are invited.

CFA Institute University Recognition Program

26/09/2013   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

Two of our programs, Bachelor Program in Economics and Finance (Czech) and Master Programs in Economics and Finance (Czech), have been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA Exams.

CFA charter is the most respected and recognized financial degree in the world. Earning the CFA charter demonstrates the skills needed for investment analysis and decision making in today’s global financial industry. 

Our programs are the first recognized programs in the Czech Republic. As a recognized university, we are now entitled to award three CFA Program Awareness Scholarships to students each fiscal year as detailed in the Awareness Scholarship Official Rules. More information on our webpage.

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