CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute) is a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Marek Kapička serves as the Director of CERGE, Charles University, and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (EI), since January 2024.

CERGE-EI entities

CERGE, Charles University
Economics Institute (EI), Czech Academy of Sciences
CERGE-EI, New York
CERGE-EI Foundation


Global Impact and Reputation

CERGE-EI IS ranked in the top 5% research institutions worldwide by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). It is the Central and East European Regional Network representative for the Global Development Network (GDN) – a leading worldwide network of policy and research institutes in the area of development economics.

CERGE-EI graduates pursue academic careers in prestigious university departments around the world, such as Max Planck Institute, Tilburg University or New York University, hold high-level positions in international organizations, including the World Bank, IMF, government ministries, central banks, think tanks, and private sector organizations. Many find jobs in international business sectors, including major banks and consulting firms such as Moody’s Analytics, EY, or Erste Group.

CERGE-EI operates under Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe, ranked among the top 150 universities in Economics and Econometrics by the 2022 QS World University Ranking by Subjects, the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 (Shanghai Ranking), and World University Rankings 2022 by Subject (Times Higher Education Ranking). The overall ranking of Charles University according to the QS World Rankings 2023 is #288.

Western-style Graduate Economics Education

CERGE-EI has an absolute charter issued by the New York State Board of Regents in the United States, and is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports of the Czech Republic. It currently offers two graduate programs in Economics:

  • PhD in Economics is a western-style program designed for outstanding students interested in economic research and who desire a rigorous graduate education in Economics at a prestigious international institution. Similar to top western institutions, the program consists of two years of MA-level coursework and two or more years of dissertation research. After two years, students receive a US MA in Economics degree. Graduates receive both US and Czech doctoral degrees. The majority of students receive a tuition waiver and a living stipend.
  • Master in Economic Research is a 2-year western-style program designed for students interested in applied economic research and public policy. The aim of this program is to prepare students for their careers in public policy institutions (central banks, ministries, government advisory bodies), international organizations, think-tanks, and private sector companies. Graduates receive a Czech degree fully accredited by Charles University.

Lectures by Nobel Laureates and Other Top Scholars

CERGE-EI has a long tradition of hosting public lectures by Nobel Laureates in Economics and other distinguished speakers, including Ed Glaeser, Eric Maskin, Christopher Sims, and Joseph Stiglitz.

Modern Economics Library Open to the Public

The institute operates a modern economics library that is unique in the region in terms of the accessibility and breadth of its collection of over 100,000 volumes, including all relevant international scientific journals and online databases.

Academic and Policy Oriented Research

CERGE-EI faculty and researchers have established a remarkable record of professional careers and publications in top economics and policy-oriented journals.

CERGE-EI also runs a policy-oriented think-tank, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Analysis (IDEA), in order to apply its know-how to important policy issues.

Teaching Economics in Transition Countries

CERGE-EI’s Teaching Fellows Program is designed to boost Western-style undergraduate economics education throughout transition economies, and to encourage Western-educated economists to return long-term to their home countries to become teachers and academic reformers. Since 2007, the program has reached 74,500 students, through 1,400 courses, at 115 universities in 25 countries.

Non-discrimination Policy

CERGE-EI seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Discrimination and harassment, whether based on a person's race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or other legally protected characteristics, are repugnant and completely inconsistent with our objectives.