June at CERGE-EI

1 July, 2023

Days get longer, nights get shorter, and the end of June brings summer! What happened this month at CERGE-EI? There's still a lot going on...

Apart from having a new professor, a new blog and a new grant at CERGE-EI, but with extra separate news on our website, we were again widely seen in the media and at conferences.

8 June 2023

Daniel Münich (Science Fair of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

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The economics of pockets stitched in the wrong place: why the lack of kindergartens is costing us dearly was the topic of Daniel Münich's lecture on the Small Stage at the Science Fair (8-10 June), followed by a talk accompanied by the comic strip Untwisted Science with Pavel Liška and his taste for hot dogs, which in turn concerns the impact of the lack of kindergarten capacity based on the IDEA study at CERGE-EI.

20 June 2023

Michal BAUER (People in Need)


The seventh edition of the ČvT Media Education Week has ended. This year's project, organized by the One World at Schools (JSNS) educational programme with the aim of developing media literacy among pupils and students in Czech schools and at the same time spreading awareness of media education opportunities in the Czech Republic, involved over 150 Czech schools in 85 cities and through them over 4,000 pupils and students. There were 68 debates at schools, 17 excursions to media houses and 17 demonstration classes and project days at secondary vocational schools and apprenticeships. One World in Schools also organised the final training seminar of the Media Education Weeks for teachers. During the seminar, teachers had the opportunity to debate with Michal Bauer from CERGE-EI about research on the influence of media on public opinion.

22 June 2023

Martin SRHOLEC (

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It turns out that Eastern Europe is the only region where we encounter a division between the natural sciences and other disciplines. This view of other disciplines is often seen as pseudo-science or soft science here, and this bias is reflected in funding. Such a division is not common in the West. Moreover, the study points out that this division is a remnant of the communist era. Martin Srholec, the author of the study, said in an interview with Právo: "Only in Eastern Europe do you find this division between natural sciences and the rest. They are seen as pseudo-sciences, soft sciences, and this is reflected in the funding. There is nothing like that in the West. It's a relic of communism."

28 June 2023

Jakub STEINER (MacroMixer

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The guest on the current episode of the #MacroMixér podcast was CERGE-EI economist Jakub Steiner, a renowned Czech economist who is a professor at the University of Zurich. The episode was dedicated to game theory and a fascinating look at the world around us. Why we often make irrational choices and why this is actually common. Why non-growth theory, controversial as it may sound, basically proposes that we should all be similarly bad.