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Master Thesis in Company Valuation

21/05/2015   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

Deloitte intends to support students interested in writing their Master's Thesis on topics related to company valuation with a special emphasis on the Central and Eastern European markets. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the examination of region-specific risk premia, the analysis of persistence of abnormal profitability, analysis of the effect of the quality of the institutional framework on the degree of efficiency of CEE markets. Theses will be supervised by Jiří Novák at IES. Deloitte will provide data support and occasional consultation of the applied aspects of the thesis. If interested, send your CV, transcript of records (prinscreen from SIS), and a short research proposal outlining the topic of your interest to Jiří Novák no later than on May 31, 2015. Early applications are encouraged. Students will be notified within a week after the submission of their applications.

Master's thesis in the area of Labor Economics

20/05/2015   |   Tomáš Janotík MSc.

Profesia, a well-known job portal in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, is looking for a student who considers writing his Master's thesis in the area of Labor Economics. We offer a chance to work with the statistical data from Czech and Slovak job portals and an opportunity to contribute to the creation of methodologies for measuring labor market conditions. If you are interested, please write to for further information.

Policy research seminar

20/05/2015   |   PhDr. Jan Soudek

Dear all,
we invite you to Thursdays seminar where we should discuss results by Alex Blahová on use of price competition in public procurement. The key issues should be the efficienty, legal security and other microeconomic motivations behind this extensively (over)used criterion. See you on Thursday at 18:30 in room 601

Deadline for Master's Thesis Proposals is June 19, 2015

19/05/2015   |   PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.

The topic of your thesis must be confirmed by your supervisor in the Student Information System one year before the thesis defense. So if you want to defend your thesis at the end of the Summer Semester 2015/2016, your deadline is June 19, 2015. Use the "Thesis (Selection of subject)" module in SIS to assign to your topic. You can choose from a list of offered topics (the SIS and or come up with your own topic. In any case, you must find a suitable advisor. If your topic is not on the list, ask your supervisor to publish it. We recommend you choose a narrowly defined empirical topic. You can have one more month to submit the detailed thesis proposal (following the template and the example available on the website of JEM001 in SIS) if you agree on this with your supervisor ex ante. You must send the proposal, approved by your supervisor, to,, and by e-mail till July 19, 2015.

HMC (the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference) meeting at FSS CU

15/05/2015   |   Mgr. Drahomíra Glacová

A meeting of headmasters of British prestigious independent schools took place at FSS CU on Thursday 7th May 2015. The main purpose of this meeting was to present FSS CU English degree programs. FSS CU was represented by Kateřina Králová, vice dean for foreign affairs, together with Martin Gregor, director of IES FSS CU and Michal Červinka, Bachelor in Economics and Finance (BEF) program coordinator. Three BEF students also participated in the meeting in order to inform about the program. At the end of the meeting all participants visited Carolinum (main historical building of the Charles University in Prague).

2015 DYME Workshop

14/05/2015   |   Mgr. Drahomíra Glacová

We invite all of you to 2015 DYME Workshop organized by Joint Research Center for Dynamic Models in Economics. The workshop will take place at University of Economics Prague on 11th June 2015. Main lecture will be held by Jakub Kastl from Department of Economics, Princeton University. For more information please read the invitation

JEB140 Topics in Economic History

12/05/2015   |   PhDr. Lenka Šťastná Ph.D.

Prof. Antoine Parent from Sciences Po in Lyon will give the mini-course "Topics in Economic History" at the IES. The course will help students to get familiar with cliometrics, a quantitative approach to economic history. There will be 2 sessions (each having 2 lectures): Tuesday May 26th from 12:30, Wednesday May 27th from 9:30 (room 206). The exam will take place on Thursday (May 28th) from 12:30. Bachelor (2nd year and higher) and master students are welcome.

Der Spiegel cites IES FSS CU research

12/05/2015   |   Mgr. Drahomíra Glacová

The German daily Der Spiegel cites the article Social Stigma and Executive Remuneration: The Compensation Premium in 'Sin' Industries. Authors of this article are our colleague Jiří Novák and Pawel Bilinski from City University London - Sir John Cass Business School. If you want to discover why the executives in 'sin' industries earn more money than their colleagues in other industries, follow this link.

Alumni Earnings Survey 2015

11/05/2015   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

We have launched the newest Alumni Earnings Survey for our graduates. By filling up this form, you will help IES. The results will be presented to the public. It will take you less than 5 minutes to complete survey, and it is anonymous. If you are interested in filling up the survey, please contact Eliška Šerhantová. She will send you the link to the form, after the verification that you are really the IES graduate. Thank you!

Economics at Charles University highly ranked in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015

07/05/2015   |   Mgr. Drahomíra Glacová

Charles University in Prague, i.e. the departments teaching Economics, including IES FSS CU, has been listed as one of top 200 world universities for economics according to the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Quackarelli Symonds (QS), a British company, has been producing the prestigious yearly rankings since 2011. The evaluation of the universities is based mainly on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. For complete ranking and further information please follow this link.

The best courses in Fall 2014

07/05/2015   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

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

  • Bachelor's: Matematika I (Bárta), Statistics (Červinka), Game Theory and Political Economy (Gregor)
  • Master's: Economic Dynamics I (Stráský, Baxa, Maršál), Advanced Econometrics (Baruník), Quantitative Finance I (Baruník, Vácha)

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

Meta-Analysis Colloquium 2015

05/05/2015   |   PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.

We invite all PhD students and faculty members to the ninth annual Meta-Analysis of Economics Research Network Colloquium, which will be hosted by the IES on September 10-12, 2015. The event brings together leading experts interested in the theory and application of meta-analysis in economic, finance, and related disciplines. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Andrea Weber (University of Mannheim, Germany), Chris Doucouliagos (Deakin University, Australia), and Nauro Campos (Brunel University, UK). Two-page proposals are due by June 1.

Policy research seminar

04/05/2015   |   PhDr. Jan Soudek

We invite students to voluntary seminar on applied policy research. This week will Michal Paulus present a very hot topic of Worldwide clustering of the corruption perception and discuss his future research in that area. The seminar take place on Thursday 7.5. at 18:30 in room 601.  

Facebook page of the Academic Senat FSV UK

29/04/2015   |   PhDr. Jiří Kukačka

New facebook page of the Academic Senate of the FSV UK is used to inform you about current events at the Faculty, meeting agenda (meetings are public and you are welcome) and the results of negotiations, or about Student Money and supported projects. You are warmly welcome to visit!

A short info from the May meeting of the Academic Senate of the Faculty (in Czech only)

29/04/2015   |   PhDr. Jiří Kukačka

The click-through links you find the list of resolutions of the "May" meeting of the Academic Senate FSV UK (in Czech only). The most important items on the agenda: approval of the FSV UK budget for 2015, possibility of e-voting, electronic evaluation of courses from already for this semester and related shift of the evaluation to the examination period, changes in the Statute of FSV (esp. one-time extension of the term of office of the future Senate to create an annual overlapping between terms of Senate and dean). Further support was approved for projects via Student Money. Detailed information will follow as soon as the minutes of the meeting will be published on the FSV website. Please feel free to contact me with your questions and suggestions.

Alumnus of the Month in April - Michal Šinka

29/04/2015   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

The Alumnus of the Month in April is Michal Šinka. Michal, despite of having graduated from IES, works as a professional musician. The interview where he describes what economics and music have in common, as well as his profile are available here. 

This Monday: From CFO to Business Leader - Lecture

26/04/2015   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

Are you interested in an internship at Microsoft? Do you want to know what exactly you can do there? And what you should do to be chosen? Come to the lecture where you can find this. Furthermore, Kristina Michalsky, Consumer Channels Group Director from Microsoft will tell you about the successful career management and other interesting things from this branch of business. The lecture will be held on 27. 4. from 17:00 at room 105.

a Call for tender for the Centre of doctoral studies

24/04/2015   |   PhDr. Jan Soudek

Prospective as well as current PhD students can apply for positions at the Center of Doctoral Studies (CDS). CDS has altogether eight paid positions and helps to organize Ph.D. in Economics at IES. It is an opportunity for Ph.D. students to help them fund the studies. The deadline for CDS applications is 24 May and the interviews will be at the beginning of June. Requirements: present study of PhD. program at IES in academic year 2015/2016. Start: September 2015. The applications, together with CV, verified copy of the diploma, list of academic publications and one recommendation letter should be send to the personal office of the FSV UK, Smetanovo nábřeží 6, Praha 1, 110 00

The European Commission quotes the IES FSS CU research

23/04/2015   |   Mgr. Drahomíra Glacová

We would like to inform about another success of our researchers. The Country Report Czech Republic 2015 published by the European Commission cites the study Labor Force Participation and Childcare Policies . Authors of this study are our colleagues Barbara Pertold-Gebická and Daniel Husek. As we already informed, the study has been published in IES Occasional Papers series and is available for download here. Congratulation!

Diploma thesis in cooperation with CSOB

20/04/2015   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

Those who are interested in the final thesis topic "Customer lifetime value" and who are willing to work at CSOB, please contact Ladislav Krištoufek. The students will be working at the bank on the topic and ad-hoc data analyses, mainly in SQL or R. The financial compensation is agreed.

Policy research seminar

18/04/2015   |   PhDr. Jan Soudek

 We invite students to voluntary seminar on applied policy research. This week's topic "The negative effect of EU funds" will be presented by Jiří Skuhrovec on Thursday 23.4. at 18:30 in room 601.  We hope to get lively discussion and encourage students to present their research to get relevant feedback.  

Seminar will take place every second Thursday, more details on  seminar page.

Econophysics Colloquium 2015

17/04/2015   |   PhDr. Ladislav Krištoufek Ph.D.

We warmly invite you to participate at the Econophysics Colloquium 2015, which will be held at the Institute of Economic Studies on 14-16 September 2015. For the conference, we have been able to put together an excelent list of invited speakers. The abstract submission closes on 15 May 2015. Please see the EC 2015 website for the aims and scope, list of invited speakers and other details.

The admission deadline at FSS CU is coming soon!

16/04/2015   |   Mgr. Lucie Křížová M.A.

Are you interested in joining one of our English language degree programmes? Did you miss the early admission deadline? The regular application deadline for the academic year 2015/16 is on 30th April.

For more information visit the FSS website.

IES Occasional Papers – new studies published

16/04/2015   |   Mgr. Drahomíra Glacová

After a 4 year pause, we would like to introduce two new studies recently published in IES Occasional Papers series - Female Labor Force Participation and Childcare Policies authors of which are Barbara Pertold-Gebická and Daniel Husek and Health Care Efficiency in the Czech Republic – Evidence for Inpatient Care by Jana Votápková and Pavlína Žílová. Both publications have been created in cooperation with the European Commission and deal with currently frequently discussed topics.


The first study mentioned above addresses the impact of maternity/parental leave on women´s employment in the Czech Republic and the related problem of collective childcare facilities for children under the age of 3 years. The authors compare the Czech Republic with other EU countries in this regard and conclude that the situation in the Czech Republic is at least unfavourable.


In the second publication the authors analyze the efficiency of inpatient health care in the Czech Republic and describe the factors important for its improvement. The study also deals with the relation of the efficiency of Czech hospitals and their capital needs and discusses the implementation of day care.


You can download both publications here.

Info from the April meeting of the Academic Senate of the Faculty (in Czech only)

16/04/2015   |   PhDr. Jiří Kukačka

The click-through links you find the minutes of the April meeting of the Academic Senate FSV UK (in Czech only). The most important items on the agenda: appointment of a new Vice-Dean for International Relations - dr. Zuzana Kasáková, the situation in the CESES, approval of new Rules of Election and Procedure AS FSV UK and a suggestion for electronic elections, the situation regarding student festival JinoniceJinak. Details can be found in the minutes. Please feel free to contact me with your questions and suggestions.

Wolfram Mathematica at the IES

15/04/2015   |   doc. Ing. Tomáš Cahlík CSc.

Wednesday April 22, Opletalova 26, room 314, from 12:30 to 14:00. Program: Steve Wolfram (father of Mathematica): Computing a Theory of All Knowledge. Jiří Kukačka: How to get Mathematica at the IES.  Zdeněk Buk: Introduction to Mathematica. Feel free to come, please be in time.

Evaluation of the Courses / Winter Semester 2014/15

14/04/2015   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

Evaluation of the Courses taught in Winter Semester 2014/15 is here.

Seminar „New Leadership for the EU-China Relations“

14/04/2015   |   Mgr. Drahomíra Glacová

IES FSS CU in cooperation with IPS FSS CU kindly invite to the seminar "New Leadership for the EU-China Relations", which will be held on 20th April 2015 from 9:50 at Evropský dům, Jungmannova 24, Prague 1. Please find the programme of the seminar including invitation here

Conference on Emerging Market Finance - special issue in the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance

14/04/2015   |   doc. Roman Horváth Ph.D., ČSOB Corporate Chair

The Department of Financial Economics at Ghent University, Belgium, is inviting you to submit papers to a conference that will cover the two topics “Institutional Investors (with a special focus on Hedge Funds)” and “Emerging Market Finance”. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance. The call for papers is attached.

Czech National Bank Research Open Day 2015

13/04/2015   |   PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.

We invite all students and faculty members to the eleventh CNB Research Open Day, which will be held in the Czech National Bank’s Commodity Exchange (Plodinová burza) building on Monday, 18 May 2015.

This event will provide an opportunity to see some of the best of the CNB’s current research work, to learn about the CNB Call for Research Projects 2016, and to meet CNB researchers informally.

Please note that places will be subject to availability owing to the limited capacity of the conference room. Registration is required:

Appointments to Executive Committees of Associations for Comparative Economics

10/04/2015   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

Two of our colleagues have been recently appointed to executive committees of associations in comparative economics. Professor Evžen Kočenda became a member of the Executive Committee of Association for Comparative Economic Studies (ACES) and Roman Horváth became a member of the Executive Committee of European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES).

ERASMUS+ Practical Placements: Pre-selection for winter 2015/16

09/04/2015   |   PhDr. Lenka Šťastná Ph.D.

The International department announces that there will be an early round of selection procedure for students who want to go abroad for practical placement within the Erasmus+ programme already in winter 2015/2016. More information can be found here.

Summer School Mobility Fund

08/04/2015   |   Mgr. Jindřich Matoušek

Center for Doctoral Studies at IES announces the 2015 spring call for applications for funding from the Summer School Mobility Fund (SSMF). The scholarships are aimed at participation in prestigious summer (possibly winter) schools and workshops. Deadline for applications is Friday April 10, 2015 23:59 at

MOVE ONE – Informal female consulting evening on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 18.00 to 21.00

07/04/2015   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

Please join us BCG women for a spring boat ride on the Vltava. We want to meet and learn more about curious young women in Prague like you. We would be happy to share our experiences in business and consulting as we enjoy a glass of wine, live jazz music and delicious dinner together. Submit your CV by Tuesday, April 21 online at here. If you have any questions, please contact STROBLOVA.DANIELA@BCG.COM
Your BCG Women's Initiative Team in Prague.

Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT): IES student scored Top 5 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

07/04/2015   |   Mgr. Drahomíra Glacová

A huge success was accomplished by IES student Robert Ševinský in February 2015. He made it into the Hall of Fame of the Bloomberg Institute thanks to his top performance in the BAT. With a score of 670 he ranked in the 98th percentile and thus in the Top 5 for all of Europe, The Middle East and Africa. Congratulations!


Robert shared with us his opinion on the BAT, what it gave to him and how he thinks it would help in his future career:

„The BAT is very complex test that covers wide range of topics from financial mathematics to investment banking and thoroughly examine student abilities and knowledge acquired during university studies. In contrary to university tests the BAT questions are mostly focused on basic theoretical knowledge without going much into technical details, however the range of questions and time pressure are enormous. Regarding preparation I think it is the best to just shortly recap basic economic and financial theory notions and learn to be fast. For me BAT was an excellent opportunity to compare my knowledge and abilities with other students worldwide. Additionally I perceived the BAT as a way to show employers my abilities in a wide variety of relevant business areas so I expected that a good score could be an easy way to improve my CV.“ 

Remember that you can also attend BAT at IES FSS CU. Come to the next session on 15th April at 14:30, room 016.

GAUK Projects Cookbook 2015

02/04/2015   |   Mgr. Jindřich Matoušek

The updated version of the Cookbook for Finance Administration of GAUK Research Projects at IES FSV UK can be found here.

The new issue (2/15) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance and brings the following papers

01/04/2015   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

The new issue (2/15) 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), 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).

Info from the March meeting of the Academic Senate of the Faculty (in Czech only)

01/04/2015   |   PhDr. Jiří Kukačka

The click-through links you find the minutes of the March meeting of the Academic Senate FSV UK (in Czech only). The most important items on the agenda: introduction of a new Secretary of the Faculty Mgr. Josef Ulrich, MBA, changes in the Schedule of the academic year 2015/2016, a new position of a Vice-Dean for the Economy, which has become the current Vice-Dean for Doctoral Studies PhDr. Natalie Švarcová, Ph.D. from IES, and the launch of Google Apps for students (esp. new email accounts, which from 1 March became the primary student addresses in SIS). Details can be found in the minutes. Please feel free to contact me with your questions and suggestions.

Information meeting for Ph.D. applicants

27/03/2015   |   PhDr. Jan Soudek

 Dear colleagues, let me invite you:

1. to apply for Ph.D. in Economics (deadline April 30, entrance exam June 18). The most important condition for successful application is the agreement with the prospective supervisor from senior faculty members. Each faculty member can manage only limited amount of PhD. candidates, therefore do not hesitate to contact the prospective supervisor rather soon than later.


2. for an optional information meeting for applicants on 31st March 2015, 17:00, room no. 601, IES, Opletalova 26, Prague. This is a meeting with the Director of graduate studies, where applicants will have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding the Program and its admission process.


3. to apply for positions at the Center of Doctoral Studies (CDS). CDS has altogether eight paid positions and helps to organize Ph.D. in Economics at IES. It is an opportunity for Ph.D. students to help them fund the studies. The deadline for CDS applications is usually in April and the interviews during June.


Bloomberg Aptitude Test schedule - first session already this afternoon

25/03/2015   |   Mgr. Drahomíra Glacová

Same as last year you have an opportunity to attend Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) at IES FSS CU building in Opletalova, room 016. The test will take place in following terms:

25.3.2015 from 14:30 

1.4.2015 from 14:30

15.4.2015 from 14:30

29.4.2015 from 14:30

6.5.2015 from 14:30

For more information regarding BAT please follow this link.

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