Collaborators

Jana Bakalová

Jana earned her MA degree in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University. She has experience with data and fieldwork projects from her previous work with the SCaC survey agency. Currently, she is a SHARE data researcher at the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Research field: pension system, ageing,pension reform


Bruno Baránek

Bruno is a PhD student at Princeton University. His research focuses mainly on empirical analysis of public procurement markets. He is currently analyzing data for the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Spain. Previously he worked at universities in Prague, Barcelona, and Mannheim.

Research field: public policies, elections


Daniel Bartušek

Daniel completed a BA degree in Economics and Finance at IES FSV UK, where he is currently pursuing a master's degree. He focuses mainly on analysis and visualization of financial markets and time series.

Research field: analysis and visualization of financial markets and time series


Alena Bičáková

Dr. Bičáková earned her doctorate in Economics at Johns Hopkins University. She has been a member of the academic staff of CERGE-EI since 2007, where she teaches economics in the doctoral program and works as a researcher.She is also currently serving as the Deputy Director of Graduate Studies. Her research focuses mainly on labor markets, most recently on the relationship between wage inequality and unemployment, gender gaps in unemployment, and the influence of selection on the unemployment rate.

Research field: labor market, unemployment


Radim Boháček

Dr. Boháček has been a senior researcher at the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic since 2000. Since 2006, he has been a Country Team Leader of the SHARE project (Survey of Health, Retirement and Ageing in Europe), a European Research Infrastructure Consortium. He received his PhD in Economics and MA in Social Sciences and History from the University of Chicago. His primary research topics include general equilibrium models with heterogeneous agents, optimal fiscal and monetary government policies, and dynamic macroeconomic theory.

Research field: general equilibrium models with heterogeneous factors, optimal fiscal and monetary policies, dynamic macroeconomic theory


Petr Bouchal

Petr specializes in improving the use of data and evidence in governance, supporting public and private organizations using public finance and other types of data. Currently, he is leading the PANK project at the Czech Priorities think tank, which supports analytical capabilities in public services. Previously, he led the evaluation unit for EU funds at the Czech Ministry of Regional Development, and the strategy unit at IPR Prague. Earlier in his career, he worked at the London-based Institute for Government. He studied social sciences at the University of Oxford and at Tufts University in the US.

Research field: economy of public sector


Lucie Bryndová

Lucie studied economics at the Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. Her interests are in the fields of health economics, health systems and insurance, and health policy. She is a researcher at IES FSV UK, where she lectures in Health Economics at the Center for Social and Economic Strategies of FSV UK, and is a WHO consultant and country expert for the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Her professional experience includes public sector work at VZP, the Czech ministries of finance and of health, private sector positions including Deloitte Advisory, and collaboration with international organizations including the WHO, the OECD, and the WB. She regularly participates in the activities of the research network Health Systems and Policy Monitor (hspm.org) and, by invitation, also participates in high-level health system policy dialogues.

Research field: healthcare


Jana Cahlíková

Dr. Cahlíková has been a senior research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance since 2015. Her research interests include behavioral economics, experimental economics and development economics.

Research filed: behavioural economics, experimental economics and development economics


Lubomír Cingl

Dr. Cingl serves as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Economics at the Prague University of Economics and Business. He received his PhD from the Institute of Economic Studies at the Faculty of Social Science of Charles University. His research is generally focused on factors influencing human decision making using experimental methods, particularly stress and time-pressure, anti-social behavior, theories of secularization, risk-preferences, and individual willingness to compete.

Research field: electoral systems, behavioural economics


Matthias Doepke

Matthias is a Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. He is also a research fellow at CEPR, a research associate at NBER, and serves as the Coordinating Editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Growth. His research is focused on understanding the determinants of long-run economic growth.

Research field: economics of growth


Pavla Doleželová

Pavla studied the application of mathematics in economics at Palacký University in Olomouc. She works as a statistics consultant at the TREXIMA company, and cooperates in the operation of the Information System on Average Earnings. Her professional interests are in the fields of applied statistics and the labor market.

Research field: labor market , applied statistics


Libor Dušek

Dr. Dušek earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. His research expertise includes the economics of crime, law and economics, and tax policy. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Prague University of Economics and Business and a research fellow at the IDEA think tank. From 2003 to 2013, he worked at CERGE-EI as an Assistant Professor and Deputy Director. He received the “Young Economist of the Year” award from the Czech Economic Society in 2003.

Research field: crime and law, statistical analysis of crime, law and justice, tax policy


Geys Benny

Dr. Benny is a Professor of Economics at the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, and a Research Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels. His research focuses on political accountability, (local) public policy, and civic engagement. Some of his work has appeared in, e.g., the Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Urban Economics, Organization Studies, Leadership Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, the European Journal of Political Research, and Public Administration.

Research field: public policies, political accountability


Kristína Hrehová

Kristína is a junior researcher and PhD student at CERGE-EI. She has attended research stays at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin and at Umea University in Sweden. She completed her master's degree in Economic and Financial Mathematics at Comenius University in Bratislava, and also studied at the Catholic University of Eichstadt - Ingolstadt and in the Collegium of Anton Neuwirth, both in Slovakia. Her research focuses on applied microeconometrics, labor, and family economics. She also studies theology at the Institute for Ecumenical Studies.

Research field: applied microeconomics


Ole Jann

Dr. Jann is an Assistant Professor at CERGE-EI and at Charles University, and a Researcher at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He was previously a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. He holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is an applied economic theorist whose main research interest is in the role of information in the economy and in society.

Research field: applied economy


Petr Janský

Dr. Janský lectures in economics and public finance at the Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, where he heads the Department of European Economic Integration and Economic Policy. He is a graduate of the Institute of Economics Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and the University of Oxford. His research specializes in public, international, and developing economics. He has been cooperating with IDEA since 2010 on analysis of the tax system and public budgets. As a researcher and expert in governmental, international, and non-profit organizations, he contributes to the improvement of public policies and thus to living conditions in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Research field: public finance, taxes, state budget, pension reform


Štěpán Jurajda 

Dr. Jurajda is a professor of Economics at CERGE-EI. He is a member of the Scientific Council of Charles University. Since 1997 he has been a member of the academic staff and a researcher at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He served as the Director of CERGE-EI from 2009 to 2013 His research primarily focuses on labor markets and education.

Research field: labor market


Marek Kapička

Dr. Kapička is an Associate Professor at CERGE-EI and a researcher at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He holds a J. E. Purkyně Fellowship awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences. He has been a member of the Executive and Supervisory Committee of CERGE-EI, and he served as the Deputy Director for Research at CERGE-EI from 2013 to 2015.

Research field: macroeconomy


Michal Kejak

Dr. Kejak has been an Associate Professor at CERGE, Charles University, and a senior researcher at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (EI) since 2008. He served as Director of CERGE-EI from 2014 to 2018, and as Deputy Director for Research at CERGE-EI from 2010 to 2013 and from 2003 to 2005.

Research field: macroeconomy, political economy


Fabian Kindermann

Dr. Kindermann is an Assistant Professor at the University of Bonn, Germany. He has been a Postdoc Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University and Assistant Professor at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. His research interests are in public economics and macroeconomics. His current research focuses on optimal tax policy, education finance and education decisions, family economics, and social security.

Research field: public economics, macroeconomics, tax policies, financial education


Pavel Kocourek

Dr. Kocourek is a postdoctoral fellow at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD from New York University. His research focuses on game theory, industrial organization, and stochastic optimalization.

Research field: game theory, industrial organization, astochastic optimization


Daniel Kolář

Daniel graduated from the Institute of Economic Studies of Charles University and the London School of Economics. He is continuing doctoral studies at the Institute of Economic Studies of Charles University, where he focuses on measuring wealth inequality.

Research field: measuring wealth inequality


Otakar Kořínek

Otakar is currently enrolled in the IB Diploma program at Nový PORG high school in Prague. He co-founded ECONET, an organization that brings together young people who are passionate about economics and finance. His research focuses primarily on the impact of public policies.

Research field: impacts of public policies


Stanislav Kozubek 

Dr. Kozubek is the Director of the Institute of Biophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, based in Brno, where he has been a leading researcher since 1989, and Head of the Department of Molecular Cytology and Cytometry since 1997. He studied nuclear physics at Charles University in Prague. From 1981 to1989, he worked as a researcher at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna.

Research field: bibliometry, research and development


Jana Krajčová

Dr. Krajčová has been a researcher for IDEA and Assistant Professor at the Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies of Czech Technical University since 2017. She obtained her master’s degree from the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics, and Informatics at Comenius University in Bratislava, and then graduated with a PhD in Economic Theory from CERGE-EI in 2009. She has worked as an analyst for the Department of Economic and Strategic Research at Česká spořitelna a.s. Her IDEA research focuses on the economics of education and schooling.

Research field: education and learning


Jan Kulveit

Dr. Kulveit is a senior research scholar at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on modelling complex interacting systems and strategies to influence the long-term future. He has worked as a researcher at the Institute of Physics ASCR, was the Strategy Director for the Czech EA Association, and co-organized the Summer School on Human-aligned AI. His background is in theoretical physics, phase transitions, networks, and complex systems.

Research field: theoretical physics


Vít Macháček 

Vit has been working for the IDEA think tank since 2015 within the R&D Center. He received his master’s degree in 2016 from the Institute of Economic Studies of Charles University, where he is currently studying in a doctoral program. He has held various positions at Česká spořitelna bank, and also works as a data analyst at the Data Platform Smart Prague of the City of Prague.

Research field: economics of innovation, political economy, science and research


Filip Matějka 

Dr. Matějka is an Associate Professor at CERGE-EI. He earned his MS and PhD degrees from Princeton University. His research focuses on macroeconomics, behavioral economics, political economics, and primarily, information economics.

Research field: macroeconomics, economics of information


Ludmila Matysková

Dr. Matysková earned her PhD degree from CERGE-EI. Since 2018, she has been working as a researcher at the Institute of Microeconomics at the University in Bonn. Her research focuses on microeconomic theory, especially game theory and information economics, i.e., how information is generated and disseminated in strategic situations, and how it is manipulated.

Research field: microeconomy theory, game theory, economics of information


Andreas Menzel

Dr. Menzel has been an Assistant Professor at CERGE-EI since 2016. He is also a researcher at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Andreas has worked as a lecturer at the Warwick Economics Summer School and as a teaching and research Assistant at the University of Warwick. He received his BSc in Economics from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, an MSc in International Economics and Finance from Tilburg University, Netherlands, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick, UK.

Research field: gender


Nikolas Mittag

Dr Mittag has been working as a researcher at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences since September 2013. He received his BA degree in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bayreuth in 2007 and his PhD in Public Policy Studies from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on applied econometrics, microeconomics, public economics, and program evaluation.

Research field: applied econometrics, public economics, program evaluation


Martina Miotto

Dr. Miotto has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences since September 2019. Martina holds a PhD from the University of Warwick. Her research interests lie in the fields of development economics and economic history, with a special focus on the interconnection between the two.

Research field: development economics, economic history


Vladimír Novák

Vladimir is a PhD graduate and a junior researcher at CERGE-EI. He has had research stays at Columbia University in New York and the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, Spain. His research focuses on information economics, political economy, macroeconomics and strategic experimentation. His scientific articles have been published in the Journal of Economic Theory. He graduated from the faculty of Economic and Financial Mathematics at Comenius University in Bratislava, where he also worked at the Institute of Financial Policy at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic.

Research field: information economics, political economy, macroeconomics and strategic experimentation


Mariola Pytliková

Dr. Pytliková works as a researcher at VŠB, the Technical University of Ostrava, and teaches at CERGE-EI in Prague. Previously she worked as a researcher at the Danish Government Institute for Science and Research (KORA) in Copenhagen and as an Assistant Professor and postgraduate researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark. She obtained a PhD in Economics at Aarhus University in 2006. A recipient of the Kateřina Šmídková Award and the 2005 Young Economist Award from the Czech Economic Society, her research interests are in the field of labor economics and industrial relations, particularly topics dealing with causes and consequences of international migration and ethnic labor diversity, wage structures and labor market dynamics, gender equality and differentials on the labor market, and income inequality.

Research field: labor market, labor-law relations, international migration, ethnic diversity of the workforce 


Zuzana Rajchlová

Zuzana focuses on consumer attitudes towards electric vehicles, and risk perception and adaptation to climate change in agriculture. Since 2012, she has been working at the Charles University Centre for Environmental Research and is studying in the Doctoral Degree Program at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University.

Research field: environment


Tomáš Richter

Dr. Richter is an external lecturer at the Institute of Economic Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. In his position as a lawyer, he has worked in Prague, London, and Frankfurt. From 2011 to 2014, he was a professor at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where he held the Chair in Cross-Border Corporate Insolvency Law. He is the Chairman of the INSOL Europe Academic Forum, a member of the board of the International Insolvency Institute, a member of the Conference of European Restructuring and Insolvency Law, a member of the Czech branch of the Turnaround Management Association, and a member of the scientific board of the Harry Pollak Restructuring and Insolvency Center at the Prague University of Economics and Business, with which the European Commission consults on its legislative proposals in the field of insolvency and restructuring.

Research field: insolvency, restructuring


Petr Sedláček

Dr. Sedláček is a macroeconomist with a particular interest in the vast heterogeneity among workers and firms. He is interested in questions regarding how worker and firm heterogeneity interact and how it shapes, and is shaped by, the aggregate economy. His research combines empirical analysis of micro-level and aggregate data for macroeconomic questions and theoretical and quantitative models with heterogeneous agents.

Research field: macroeconomy


Oleg Sidorkin 

Dr. Sidorkin joined IDEA as a researcher in October 2015. He earned his MA in Economics in 2008 and PhD Degree in Economics in 2017 from CERGE-EI. His research focuses on the economics of innovation, political economy, and applied microeconomics.

Research field: economics of innovation, political economy, applied microeconomics


Ctirad Slavík

Dr. Slavík has been an Assistant Professor at CERGE-EI since 2016. He worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Money and Macroeconomics at Goethe University, Frankfurt, and was a research analyst at the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, USA.

Research field: macroeconomy


Michael L. Smith

Dr. Smith is a researcher at CERGE-EI. He is a co-principal investigator for the Center of Excellence project entitled “Dynamics of Change in Czech Society,” which is implementing the multi-year Czech Household Panel Study. His fields of interest include education, social stratification and inequality, and economic returns to education and skills.

Research field: social stratification, economic returns of education


Vladimír Smolka

Dr. Smolka’s area of expertise is in applied statistics and the labor market. As a director at the Statistics Division at TREXIMA, he has been involved in the development and operation of the Information System on Average Earnings. He has worked on earnings statistics projects for the MoLSA, the Czech Statistical Office and other central institutions. Currently, he works as a payroll consultant on the labor market.

Research field: economy of labor market


Jiří Šatava

Jiří has completed a master´s degree at the Prague University of Economics and Business and at CERGE-EI. Currently he is completing his doctoral studies in economics, also at CERGE-EI. His research focuses on pensions, tax policy, and gender issues. He is an author of several IDEA studies. He serves as an external expert at the Commission for Pension Reform, an expert for the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs on family policy, and as a member of the Commission for Family of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Research field: pension reform, tax reform, gender issues


Milan Ščasný

Dr. Ščasný obtained his PhD in Economic Theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. His research focuses on environmental and energy economics, in particular, consumer behavior and the analysis of population preferences, the assessment of health impacts, and the quantification of externalities for the modeling of regulatory impacts. He works at the Centre for Environmental Research and the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. He cooperates with the OECD, ECHAS, and Health Canada, and has been a member of a number of consultation teams for various DirectoratesGeneral of the European Commission and various ministries of the Czech Republic. He lectures at the Faculty for Social Sciences of Charles University and at CERGE-EI.

Research field: environment, ecology


Samuel Škoda 

Samuel joined the IDEA think tank at CERGE-EI in September 2015. He earned a master's degree in 2014 from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a bachelor's degree from Charles University in Prague. He has completed a one-year internship in the research department of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

Research field: bibliometry, research and development


Lenka Šlegerová

Lenka graduated from the Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University with a master’s degree. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree. Her research focuses on the financing and accessibility of health care in the Czech Republic. She is a co-author of an emerging publication of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies of the Czech health care system.

Research field: healthcare


Vítězslav Titl 

Vítězslav is a doctoral student in economics at KU Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research focuses on the political economics of public procurement markets. He is also a research fellow at EconLab, z.s., a think tank affiliated with Charles University. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked at the European Parliament and the German Development Institute.

Research field: public finances


Lukáš Tóth

Dr. Tóth is an economist at the University of Amsterdam and co-founder of Behavio labs, where he deals with the application of behavioral sciences in market research and decision-making by companies and institutions. He conducts lectures and research on behavioral economics, industrial organization, economic regulation, and the philosophy of economic thinking. He also writes regular comments for aktualne.cz. 

Research field: market research, corporate and institutional decision-making


Jan Vávra

Jan completed a master´s degree in Economic Analysis at the Prague University of Economics and Business, where he now works as a research assistant.

Research field: economic analysis


Lucie Zapletalová

Lucie studied in the master’s program at CERGE-EI and sociology and social policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. Her research focuses on measuring the impact of public policies. She lectures at the Prague University of Economics and Business.

Research field: impacts of public policies, urban economics


Iva Zvěřinová

Iva’s research focuses on environmental economics and sociology, in particular on preferences of the population and consumer behavior in relation to the environment. Since 2016, she has been working as a researcher for IDEA at CERGE-EI, and participates in European and Czech projects at the Centre for Environmental Research of Charles University. She lectures at the Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University.

Research field: environment