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Alumnus of the Month in July - Pavel Mužíček

19/07/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

The Alumnus of the Month in July is a sportsman Pavel Mužíček. The keen triathlonist in our interview describes how he is able to combine the career of the analyst in a bank with the sports trainings, and why he has chosen Economics as his major. You can find his profile and the interview on our web page - here.

 

 

Barbara Pertold-Gebická presented at the prestigious conference The European Society for Population Economists

03/07/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

The European Society for Population Economics Annual Conference, organized by the University of Minho took place on June 18–21, 2014 at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. The conference covered areas like Economics of the Household, Labour Economics, Public Economics, Demography, and Health Economics.

Barbara Pertold-Gebická presented there her article „Does occupational (re)allocation explain the motherhood penalty?“.

Center for Advanced Economic Studies ranks top at Charles University

01/07/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

A joint research center of CERGE and our Institute - Center for Advanced Economic Studies - has been ranked among top 5 out of 27 centers of excellence at Charles University. Papers publised by the center in the years 2012-2013 are classified as excellent in international terms and the project itself has been recognized as an effective platform to promote and stimulate productivity and excellence of junior researchers at both CERGE and our Institute.

Ladislav Krištoufek and prof. Miloslav Vošvrda have published an article in the journal Energy Economics

30/06/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

We congratulate our faculty members Ladislav Krištoufek and prof. Miloslav Vošvrda for their work „Commodity futures and market efficiency“  to be published in the journal Energy Economics.

The journal ranks among top 80 journals in the field of Economics in the world according to the Article Influence Score from the Web of Science. 

Professor Oldřich Dědek received the Milan Sojka Award

23/06/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

Milan Sojka Award is intended for the author of the best defended and published study of the Economics Institute of Josef Hlavka (NÚJH) and is awarded annually by Josef Hlavka Economics Institute in cooperation with the University of Economics and Management, after fulfilling the conditions. Prof. Ing. Oldřich Dědek, CSc. became a laureate of the prize in 2013 for the study: "The history of European monetary integration. The age of the euro." Congratulations!

Erasmus+ - an international internship offer

22/06/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

The Erasmus+ programme allows to all students from their second year of the Bachelor studies to pass an internship abroad. You can find information about the offer conditions and the actual vacancy offer on the web page of the intermediary organization ERA – here. The selection procedure will be held in October 2014, and internships will start from December 2014. We will let you know about the details soon.

"Alumni of the Month" in June - Pavel Dvořák

18/06/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

In June, we continue with the introduction of the interesting IES graduates. The second Alumnus of the Month is Pavel Dvořák. He has finished his Bachelors studies at IES two years ago and now he finishes his Masters in Amsterdam where he was in the top three groups winning the Econometric Game competition this Spring. A short interwiev with him as well as a brief profile you can find here.

An internship offer for this summer

15/06/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

For an internship offer for English speaking students please visit the page Internships offer.

Alumni "A Year After"

12/06/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

What happens to our students just after graduation? To see the career steps of our alumni in the first year after their graduation, visit our new webpage A Year After. Out of June 2013 graduates, we share with you career developments of Waheed Brown (MEF graduate, now a software engineer in Silicon Valley), Kateřina Kortová (currently finishing Master degree in Finance in Tilburg), and Daniela Toušková (Analyst at Portfolio Management Gas, a winner of the “The Green Light for Women in RWE” competition).

Ladislav Krištoufek has received The Otto Wichterle Award in the year 2014

11/06/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

In the year 2014  Jiří Drahoš, the President of the Academy of Sciences of the CR granted The Otto Wichterle Award to promising young scientists of the ASCR.

The Otto Wichterle Award  in the field Mathematics, Physics and Earth Sciences has received our colleague PhDr. Ladislav Krištoufek, Ph.D. and  is linked with his work at the Institute of Information Theory and Automation, where he is also actively engaged. Congratulations!

UniCredit & Universities Foundation awarded Tomáš Havránek a prize for the best PhD thesis

10/06/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

The Scientific Committee of UniCredit & Universities Foundation selected the three outstanding doctoral dissertations in Economics or Finance.

The winners of the 4th Best PhD Thesis Award are Silvia Galli (Lecturer in Economics at University of Hull, Durham, U.K.), Tomáš Havránek (Assistant Professor at  IES FSV UK), and Gerardo Manzo (Fama-Miller Research Professional at University of Chicago Booth School of Business).

The competition was open to all young PhD graduates in the fields of Economic or Finance from European countries forming part of the geographical scope of Unicredit Group. The dissertation of Tomáš Havránek  "Meta-Analysis in International Economics" has succeeded in a very strong competition. Congratulations!

A new issue (3/14) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance

09/06/2014   |   Ing. Šárka Bokočová

The new issue (3/14) 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), and Senior editors: Jarko Fidrmuc (Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen), Martin Fukač (New Zealand Treasury), Ondřej Schneider (IES, IIF), and Laurent Weill (University of Strasbourg).

Doors Open Day at the Institut of Economic Studies

05/06/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

We would like to invite you to the Doors Open Day of the Institute of Economic Studies that will be held on June 6th 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 the Opletalova street 26, Prague 1.

We are looking forward to your visit!

Detailed program of the Doors Open Day is available here.  

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

Michal Bauer, Julie Chytilová and Barbara Pertold-Gebická have published an article in the journal Experimental Economics

04/06/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

We congratulate our faculty members Michal Bauer, Julie Chytilová and Barbara Pertold-Gebická for their work „Parental Background and Other-Regarding Preferences in Children“ to be published in the journal Experimental Economics. The journal ranks among top 20 journals in the field of Economics in the world (according to the Article Influence Score from the Web of Science).

Competition for students - IES FSV UK – ČSOB Award “Banking, trust and finance”

31/05/2014   |   doc. Roman Horváth Ph.D., ČSOB Corporate Chair

IES FSV UK and ČSOB ogranize a competition for the best bachelor or master thesis on "Banking, trust and finance". The deadline for submitting your theses is 1st October 2014. More information is available by clicking on the link above or at the website dedicated to the cooperation of IES and ČSOB.

DATES OF STATE EXAMS IN JUNE 2014 AND TIME SCHEDULE

30/05/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

Bachelor State Exam will take place on June 16-18, 2014 in room 314 and 206, see Time Schedule and Master State Exam will take place on June 24-25, 2014 in room 109, see  Time Schedule.

Alumni of the Month in May - Karel Diviš

28/05/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

On the Alumni webpage, you may find a new section “Alumni of the Month”. This section covers selected achievements, accomplishments and special activities of our former students. We want to showcase interesting career paths which might motivate current or even future students of the Institute.

The first Alumni of the Month is Karel Diviš, a successful owner of an IT company and also a TV presenter at the Czech TV.

The second attempt – the picnic at Ladronka, come with your family!

25/05/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

The next informal meeting of IES Alumni will be held at Ladronka on the 31th of May 2014 from 3:00 PM. We hope that the weather will be more pleasant than the last time. We are looking forward to seeing you somewhere near the meeting point at the map enclosed. Feel free to take your partners and children, and bring with you your sport equipment, picnic baskets and a good cheer. We would be glad if you catch an opportunity to work out together, chat and enjoy nice afternoon with former IES students. All of the sport activities will not be organized, and it is completely up to you if you bring running shoes, in-line skates or just a bottle of wine and a blanket. There will be prepared some activities for children, so that they would not get bored. We hope that it will pass without any complications and without rain.

Award for best CNB research papers

18/05/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

The Czech National Bank has granted this year’s Economic Research Award to two articles. The announcement of the Award formed part of the Czech National Bank’s 10th Research Open Day.

The first article, entitled “Transmission Lags of Monetary Policy: A Meta-Analysis”, was written by Tomáš Havránek and Marek Rusnák

The second, entitled “Are Bayesian Fan Charts Useful for Central Banks? Uncertainty, Forecasting, and Financial Stability Stress Tests”, was written by Michal Franta, Jozef BaruníkRoman Horváth and Kateřina Šmídková. Kateřina Šmídková had originally given up the award, but the CNB decided to bestow it on her in memoriam.

The two research papers that share this year’s Economic Research Award are both highly relevant to the CNB and were published in the prestigious and highly selective International Journal of Central Banking.

Best Undergraduate Paper Competition

16/05/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

The International Atlantic Economic Society is pleased to announce Best Undergraduate Paper Competition. Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014. The winner of the student competition will receive a $500 check. The paper must conform to AEJ manuscript style instructions, be 10 - 20 pages in length including tables, and be submitted in MS Word format. For details please contact Eliška Šerhantová.

Jozef Baruník, Roman Horváth and Kateřina Šmídková have published an article in the IJCB

14/05/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

We congratulate our faculty members Jozef Baruník, Roman Horváth and Kateřina Šmídková (in memoriam) for their work to be published in the International Journal of Central Banking. The article „Are Bayesian Fan Charts Useful? The  Effect of Zero Lower Bound and Evaluation of Financial Stability Stress Tests“ is a joint work with Michal Franta (Czech National Bank).

The journal ranks among top 50 journals in the field of Economics in the world according to the recursive impact factor of the RePEc Database.

Postoned until 31. 5.!!! - “IES Alumni picnic” at Ladronka, come with your family!

12/05/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

The next informal meeting of IES Alumni will be held at Ladronka on the 31th of May 2014 from 3:00 PM. We are looking forward to seeing you somewhere near the meeting point at the map below. Feel free to take your partners and children, and bring with you your sport equipment, picnic baskets and a good cheer. We would be glad if you catch an opportunity to work out together, chat and enjoy nice afternoon with former IES students. All of the sport activities will not be organized, and it is completely up to you if you bring running shoes, in-line skates or just a bottle of wine and a blanket. There will be prepared some activities for children, so that they would not get bored. In the case of rain the event would be postponed. 

Deadline for Master Thesis Proposals is June 20, 2014

08/05/2014   |   PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.

If you want to defend your thesis next year in the summer semester, your topic must be confirmed by your supervisor in the Student Information System by June 20, 2014 (use the "Thesis" module).
Then by July 31, 2014, you must send the detailed thesis proposal, conforming to the template and approved by your supervisor, to mejstrik@fsv.cuni.cz , tomas.havranek@ies-prague.org, and zuzana.irsova@ies-prague.org. Note that this version of the proposal should not be signed; you and your supervisor will only sign the final version later on.
You can choose from a list of topics in the SIS or come up with your own topic. In any case, you must find a suitable advisor willing to work with you.

Roman Horváth elected President of the Czech Economics Society

07/05/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

Czech Economics Society (CES) is a scientific association, with membership open to all persons involved or interested in economics. The main mission of the Society is to enhance the development and knowledge of economics in the Czech Republic.

The Society organizes lectures, seminars, and competitions for young economists. Every two years, it organizes a large conference for professional economists.

IES-CSOB Awards for the Best Thesis

05/05/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

The results of the IES-CSOB Best Thesis Competition on "Banking, confidence, and finance" were announced on April 30 in the Era World premises.

The overall winner is Tomáš Havlíček (see on the right). Adam Klečka (currently at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland) took the 2nd place and Tomáš Jelínek (see on the left) scored the 3rd place. At the ceremony, the students briefly introduced their work to the audience.

Congratulations to the winners!

Czech National Bank Research Open Day 2014

17/04/2014   |   PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.

We invite all students and faculty members to the tenth CNB Research Open Day, which will be held in the Czech National Bank’s Commodity Exchange (Plodinová burza) building on Monday, 12 May 2014.

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 2015, 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: http://www.cnb.cz/en/research/seminars_workshops/research_open_day_2014_form.html

The CNB has just released a new issue of research bulletin with Roman Horvath as its guest editor

16/04/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

 

Roman Horvath, deputy director of the IES, is a guest editor of a new issue of the Economic research bulletin on the methodology of stress tests. The bulletin is regularly published by the Czech National Bank. Several other researchers affiliated with the IES contributed to this issue as well.

Lecture of Miroslav Singer, CNB Governor, called "The Exchange Rate as a Monetary Policy Instrument"

15/04/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

will be held in room 109 on April 17th, 2014 at 17h. Lecture will be in English, followed by discussion about his work in Czech.

Invitation to a talk of Prof. Rita D'Ecclesia

13/04/2014   |   PhDr. Ladislav Krištoufek Ph.D.

Prof. Rita D'Ecclesia of University of Rome "La Sapienza", a current Chair of The European Working Group for Commodities and Financial Modelling, is giving a lecture on "Understading recent crude oil dynamics" as a part of the doctoral seminar Nonlinear Dynamic Economic Systems: Theory and Applications (NDES) at UTIA (www.utia.cz), room #3 on Thursday 17.4.2014 starting from 4PM. All Ph.D. students as well as other interested students or faculty members are sincerely invited.

Course evaluation begins on Monday April 14th, 2014

11/04/2014   |   PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

We would like to ask you for active participation in the course evaluation in the period between Monday 14th April and Friday 2nd May, 2014. The results of the evaluation will be published on the website and will be discussed in details by the program directors.

Your participation in the course evaluation is critical for us. Please come to the courses and fill in the forms.

Martin Burda has published an article in the Journal of Multivariate Analysis

11/04/2014   |   Ing. Petra Dědková

We congratulate our research fellow Martin Burda (University of Toronto and the IES) for his work to be published in the Journal of Multivariate Analysis. The article Copula Based Factorization in Bayesian Multivariate Infinite Mixture Models is a joint work with Artem Prokhorov (University of Sydney).

The journal ranks among top 50 journals in the field of Statistics in the world (according to the Article Influence Score from the Web of Science).

Invitation to a lecture by Prof . Rita L. D' Ecclesia (University of Rome " La Sapienza")

10/04/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

on " Time varying correlation: a Crucial measure in financial modeling". Prof. Rita Laura D' Ecclesia works at Birkbeck University of London and is Chair holder of the Euro Working Group for Commodities and Financial Modelling - EWGCFM . The lecture will be held at 9:00 pm on April 17th, 2014 in KPMS seminar room (1st floor), the building of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague, Sokolov 83, Prague 8.

Job positions open for 6 Ph.D. students at the Center for doctoral studies at the IES

10/04/2014   |   PhDr. Jan Soudek

We recommend that the applicants as well as the current first-year Ph.D. students consider applying for one of the six positions (0.1 part-time) now open in the Centre for doctoral studies of the IES with the beginning of September 2014. One of the requirements is to be a full-time Ph.D. student during the 2014/2015 academic year. The applications together with CV, personal form, verified copies of the education attained, a list of academic publications and at least one academic recommendation should be sent by May 24 to HR office at FSV UK, Smetanovo nábř. 6, 110 01 Praha 1. more information at the bottom of this Ph.D. webpage.

The best courses of Fall 2013

02/04/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

We are pleased to announce the best courses of the previous semester (Fall 2013/2014). The score of a course is defined as a geometric mean of course quality (overall mark) and course difficulty as assigned by the students in the course evaluation.

  • Bachelors: Matematika III (Bárta), International Trade (Benáček, Semerák), Game Theory and Political Economy (Gregor)
  • Masters: Business Cycles Theories (Baxa, Vácha, Adam), Advanced Macroeconomics (Baxa, Hromádková), Advanced Econometrics (Baruník) 

We also take this opportunity to ask students to actively participate in the evaluation. Voicing both your satisfaction or suggestions for improvement is essential for further development of our school. Please submit your feedback for all courses where you take part.

Internships for Bachelor students

02/04/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

From the upcoming Winter term, Bachelor students will be entitled to earn 3 ECTS credits for an internship. The internship could be organized either by students themselves or by the newly established Career Coordinator who will be keen to help with the search. Career Coordinator will have a list of available internships which are suitable for our Bachelor students. Some of the internships will be for non-Czech speaking students in particular. Career Coordinator will be happy to help you with the decision-making process and recommend you several suitable slots. At the moment, we are in the course of preparing the list. If you have already applied (or you are applying now) for some internship that starts lately this year, you may also qualify for credits for that internship.

The rules are below:

  • The internship must be a professional internship in the fields of economics and finance.
  • The internship has to be approved by the IES in advance.
  • Students should have finished their second year study obligations before their internship starts.
  • The duration is at least 200 working hours (e.g. 10 weeks/20 hours per week)
  • The IES will check the agreements and approves the credits after finishing the internship.
  • In Winter 2014/2015, you have to enroll into the Bachelor course "Internship".

 In the case of interest please contact Career Coordinator Ms. Eliska Serhantova.

Reuters Wealth Manager

01/04/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

11 free access to the Reuters Wealth Manager is available for students of IES . Those interested can register at the secretariat IES . 

Dissertation Pre-defense of Petr Gapko

01/04/2014   |   Mgr. Michal Paulus

Dissertation Pre-defense of Petr Gapko will take place on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 5:00 pm in room 109. The topic is "Three Essays on Credit Risk Quantification". All scholars and students are invited.

A new BLUENOMICS database

31/03/2014   |   Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová

A comprehensive database of the economic data BLUENOMICS has been released in March 2014. You may find data from various official sources, such as Eurostat, OECD, and World Bank. BLUENOMICS draws from 150 million time series and provides a global view on macroeconomic data, foreign trade, environment, financial markets, demographics, education, energy, business or labor market. The database allows to directly export the charts. For students and academic staff, an academic account is available (registration with university e-mail address according to agreement with consultant of your Bachelor and Master thesis), through which they can download data free of charge. The database may be a valuable source of data mainly for your seminar works.

The new issue (2/14) of the Czech Journal of Economics and Finance

31/03/2014   |   Mgr. Eliška Šerhantová

 The new issue (2/14) 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), Ondřej Schneider (Deputy Editor-in-Chief; IES, IIF), and Senior editors: Jarko Fidrmuc (Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen), Martin Fukač (New Zealand Treasury), Tomáš Tichý (VSB-TU) and Laurent Weill (University of Strasbourg).

2014 IES Economic Meeting

30/03/2014   |   doc. Roman Horváth Ph.D., ČSOB Corporate Chair

Institute of Economic Studies (IES), Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague and the International Network for Economic Research (INFER) are organizing a joint meeting on the current challenges on banking in Europe. This one-day workshop will take place at the Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague on 26th September.

We invite researchers to submit the papers falling in this broadly defined area. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

-financial stability

-banking market structure

-institutions and banking behavior

-the role of banks in the monetary policy transmission

Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Open Economies Review under the guest-editorship of Roman Horvath (Charles University) and Laurent Weill (University of Strasbourg).

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