16/02/2014   |   PhDr. Pavel Vacek Ph.D.

Apply for Erasmus+ student exchange, see the Faculty Announcement for all information. Deadline: Feb 27, at 3 pm!

Meta-Analysis Colloquium in Athens

14/02/2014   |   PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.

We would like to invite interested PhD students and faculty members to the eighth annual MAER-Net colloquium, which will be hosted by the Economics Department of Athens University, Greece, on September 11-13, 2014. Two-page proposals are due by June 1. You can download the conference flyer by clicking on the title of this post.

Next year the event will be held at the IES.

International Student Competitions undergraduates in science research activities in the field of mathematics

13/02/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

by the Czech Mathematical Society of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists. The competition, which received international status, culminates final SVOČ student conferences in mathematics in the Czech Republic from 27 to 29 May 2014. It is also suitable for students of economics, see specific sections ( eg, S4). Deadline for applications is 26th April 2014. Details of the competition can be found here.

New Economic Talent 2014, CERGE-EI Competition for University Students

13/02/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

CERGE-EI and CERGE-EI Foundation invite university students to submit their papers to the New Economic Talent competition. The competition is open to Bachelor's and Master's students in any field, who are interested in contemporary economic issues and wish to understand better the forces and processes that ‘shape the world’. First round: electronic submission of a completed paper (10 to 50 pages) and an extended abstract (1-2 pages), Second round: presentation at CERGE-EI, Prague (3-5 finalists), the second-half of May. Criteria of evaluation: originality, substance, analytical nature, clarity of writing.

Deadline for submission: April 15, 2014. Details here.

The new issue (1/14) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance

07/02/2014   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

The new issue (1/14) 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).

Bloomberg Aptitude Test: Two IES students scored Top 5 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

07/02/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

A huge success was accomplished by two IES students Jan Stříbný and Mikoláš Volek who made it into the Hall of Fame of the Bloomberg Institute thanks to their top performance in the BAT.

In March 2013, Jan Stříbný achieved the 2nd highest score on the BAT for the month in the whole of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In October 2013, Mikolas Volek has joined him in the Hall of Fame thanks to his top 5 score in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well.

Moreover, 18 students have been contacted by employers via the BAT Talent Search as a direct result of their outstanding performance within certain subject areas of the BAT. One student was even contacted by 4 different employers.

You can also participate in one of these coming BAT sessions: February 17th, 11:30; February 24th, 9:30; March 14th, 9:30. All the sessions take place at the IES, Opletalova 26, room no. 016.

More info on the BAT with important links, results and testimonials can be found here.


05/02/2014   |   PhDr. Pavel Vacek Ph.D.

Erasmus+ is coming. FSV will make public its Notice for 2014 in a few days. Online application system opens on Feb. 15 and closes (most likely) on Feb. 27. Follow FSV web pages. You can check meanwhile updated selection rules at the IES and an updated Ranking of partner universitites.

New course JEM159 International Commercial Dispute Resolution

03/02/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

New course JEM159 International Commercial Dispute Resolution was set up for summer semester 2014 under supervision of Tomáš Hülle and group of very senior lawyers and economists from biggest consultancy firms in the Czech republic. Lecturers of this course participated on historically largest legal disputes in the Czech republic and will share their know how and experience on a regular basis with students of IES FSV UK. Students will gain practical knowledge of business negotiations and eventual dispute resolution if negotiation fails.

Law and Economics: First Student Workshop

03/02/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

Czecho-Slovak Law and Economics Association (CSLEA) invites Master and PhD students to submit papers to its first student workshop on Law and Economics. The workshop is held on April 4, 2014, at Charles University Law School. The purpose of the worskhop is to bring students who write theses on Law and Economics together and provide them with feedback from senior mentors. Keynote speakers are Zdenek Kuhn and Libor Dusek. More information can be found here.

CU Rector awarded our students – Jana Hortova and Marek Rusnak

31/01/2014   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

The Rector of Charles University prof. Vaclav Hampl presented a Rector’s Award to the best graduates from Charles University. IES has two representatives among the awardees – Jana Hortova who was recognized as the best alumni of the social sciences and Marek Rusnak for his exceptional research.

Photo gallery is available here.


The 30th International Competition of Master’s Degree These on Economics and Finance

30/01/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

is announced by The Centre des Professions Financière. Please find attached the September issue of our Newsletter which is dedicated to the Competition. This publication describes the registrations details and contains the registration forms needed for submission to the Competition. The Competition has rewarded best economic and financial issues for 30 years. Current issues are proposed in the Newsletter. Deadline for submission was postponed to February 28, 2014.

JED415 - Quantitative Methods II

29/01/2014   |   PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.

All doctoral students are welcomed to this course, which will be held on Tuesdays, room 016, at 5pm. You can sign up for your presentation and discussion here.

Master State Exam

27/01/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

Time schedule of Master Final Exam on January 28, 2014 is attached.

Policy Research for Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic

27/01/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

The Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic (MoF), Office of the Minister, is launching a call for proposals for cooperation in the field of policy-related research. The call is intended for university master (final year) or doctoral students of economics, political science or other related discipline. Proposers are invited to locate their topic according to topics in pdf. Proposals should shortly define research areas, selected approach, estimated time plan and potential relevance for MoF. Successful candidates will closely cooperate with MoF advisors and will be able to benefit from having access to data and consultancy.

IES has again been voted the best school of economics in the Czech Rep.

24/01/2014   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

For the third consecutive year the Institute of Economic Studies took over the ranking of the best economics schools that Hospodářské noviny, a major Czech daily, draws up every year.

The newspaper greatly values international environment of our school when almost every IES student has a chance to spend a semester abroad and we are also sought among foreign students interested in studying in the Czech Republic. Moreover, the vast majority of our thesis is written in English. We also excel in quality of our lecturers and research.

The newspaper also points out that we stay in touch with our alumni and ask them for their feedback. It has turned out that our graduates have the highest income on the Czech labour market (49 297 CZK brutto/month).

Full and detailed ranking of the best Czech universities can be found at (in Czech only). 


The tender for the position of interns in the summer and fall internship in 2014

24/01/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

MPO representation in London, represented CzechTrade and CzechInvest, announced a tender for the position of interns in the summer and fall internship in 2014. Both periods will be recruited 1-2 students, depending on the quality of candidates. Candidates may write directly to the address given in the advertisement.

DART – Doctoral Program in Accounting, Reporting, and Taxation

23/01/2014   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

DART is a doctoral program in the area of accounting, reporting, and taxation with a focus on economics-based research, applying quantitative research methods and modeling. It is located in Graz and Vienna, Austria, and is a joint PhD program of three major Austrian Universities. The program is fully taught in English and covers all major fields of accounting: financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, taxation, and corporate governance. DART offers a stimulating learning and research environment and provides financial support to outstanding students from around the world who seek a career in leading academic institutions. Full applications should be received by 31 March 2014. Find more at:

The IES Open Day attracted hundreds of students

20/01/2014   |   Ing. Eva Svitáková

The Institue of Economic Studies invited all those who are interested in studying at the IES to the Open Doors Day that took place in its premises in the center of Prague on January 17.

Martin Gregor, IES director, mentioned in his presentation all important information on the studies, drew attention to the news and named all opportunities that are waiting for students. Representatives of E-club, the student organization, presented all events they organize for the freshmen and shared important advice on how to deal with first challenging semesters. 

Details of the application process was covered by a representative of Scio. Official presentations then led up to informal discussions. 

Throughout the day the IES building in the Opletalova street 26, Prague 1, was open for all visitors who could see lecture rooms, library and computer labs. 

Invitation to the CFA Society Czech Republic Candidate Mixer 2014.

17/01/2014   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

Invitation to the CFA Society Czech Republic Candidate Mixer 2014. Learn about the CFA Program and talk to CFA Charterholders about their experience from studying the CFA Program and how the CFA Program enhanced their career. Network with other CFA Candidates and the CFA Society Czech Republic! Register for this event here

Please take a few minutes of your time and complete the Forecasting Survey The surveys’ result will be presented at the CFA Society Forecasting Dinner on 13 February 2014. Other respondent groups that are taking part in the survey are: the Forecasting Dinner’s invited guests and readers of and the Fleet Sheet’s Final Word bulletin. The survey closes on Friday, January 24.

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.

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