Spring 2021 Call for Participation: Live-Streamed Courses in Economics

Date: 30 April 2021

Spring 2021 Call for Participation: Live-Streamed Courses in Economics

The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), in cooperation with the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education's Economics Institute (CERGE-EI) Foundation, invites all master level students, faculty members, applied researchers, and other interested individuals to participate in a live-streamed economics course starting in March and April 2021. Courses will be delivered online from CERGE-EI’s Digital Media Center in Prague, and coordinated by UCA from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to allow live streaming to multiple locations. Teaching Assistants from UCA will also provide basic assistance in course delivery.
 
Costs and Tuition Fees
Courses are offered free of charge to course participants.

Language 
The language of instruction for all courses offered by the CERGE-EI Foundation is English.

Course Schedule
In Spring 2021, courses will be offered on Behavioral Economics, Development Economics, Energy Economics and Climate policy, Experimental Economics, and Health Economics. All courses will be conducted in 6-week modules, with exams scheduled in the seventh week. Each week, there will be two 90-minute sessions (20 contact hours per course). All participants who successfully complete courses will be awarded CERGE-EI Foundation certificates.

Admission Requirements
The program is intensive and rigorous, advanced BA/introductory MA level of Economics knowledge is required. Participants should expect to be challenged and should be able to demonstrate self-motivation. UCA reserves the right to select only those applicants that it believes to have the necessary qualifications and experience to succeed. All courses will require the active participation of all students. Teachers will utilise modern technology to engage students, encourage their active involvement in the course work and class discussions.

Registration
To register for a course, please send your resume and Cover Letter to ippa@ucentralasia.org with indication of the selected course name. One person can apply multiple courses.

The deadline to register is:
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Courses

Behavioural Economics 


Brief description: The course aims to acquaint students with the basics of main behavioural theories and empirical methods commonly used to test theoretical predictions. The knowledge obtained from this course may be useful in future careers as well as in personal life (e.g. to deal with self-control problems). The tentative list of topics includes: reference-dependent utility, biases and heuristics; intertemporal choice; social preferences; the economic psychology of incentives; and consumer psychology. 

Prerequisites: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at introductory level 

Lecturer: Darya Korlyakova, MA, Ph.D. student 
Darya is a PhD student and Junior Researcher at CERGE-EI. She also works as a Lecturer at the University of Economics in Prague. Darya holds a Master degree in Economics from CERGE-EI and a Master degree in International Business from the University of Economics in Prague. During winter-spring 2020, she visited Columbia University in New York. Darya is keenly interested in experimental research. Currently, her work is focused on information provision and acquisition in the context of discrimination. 

Teaching assistant: Mariia Iamshchikova
Mariia Iamshchikova, Junior Research Fellow at UCA's IPPA. She holds a BA in Economics from the American University of Central Asia. Her research field includes but not limited to the socio-economic development, food security and nutrition, and development economics.

Dates: March 1 - April 9, Exam week: April 12 - 16 
Time: Monday & Thursday, 11:30-13:00 CET; 16:30-18:00 Bishkek time.

*Note that the last three weeks of the course, including the exam week will be held at 12:30-14:00 CEST due to daylight saving time. Thus, there will be no change in the course time slots for countries which do not change time.


Development Economics

Brief description: The goal of this course is to expose you to the latest developments in applied microeconomic research in development economics, particularly policy-oriented research. The topics covered in this course will be especially close to the research agenda of the recent Nobel Prize Winners in Economics Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer. Furthermore, a focus of the course is on the study of infrastructure, firms and labor markets in developing countries. Overall, the course will give you a thorough understanding of current-day research in development, especially with an angle on poverty reduction and private market policies. Its goal is to both prepare you to be able to identify promising research questions in these fields (e.g. for your future studies), as well as for a career as practitioner in government and non-government development organizations.

Prerequisites: Microeconomics and Econometrics at introductory level

Lecturers: Martina Miotto, Ph.D. & Andreas Menzel Ph.D.
Martina is a postdoctoral fellow at the Economic Institute (Prague). She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick in 2019. Martina holds a MRes in Economics from the University of Warwick, and a MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Padua, cum laude. Among her main research interests are Economic History and Development Economics, with a particular focus on the interconnections between the two fields. Martina is also involved in field work in the garment sector of Bangladesh.

Andreas is an Assistant Professor at CERGE-EI in Prague. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Warwick (UK) in 2016, and also holds an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Tilburg, Netherlands. Andreas’s research focuses on development economics, especially firms and the private sector in developing countries, and topics of gender and discrimination.

Teaching assistant: Elita Bakirova
Elita Bakirova is a Research Assistant at UCA's IPPA. Prior to joining UCA, Elita worked for PeaceNexus Foundation in Central Asia, where she was responsible for projects that supported government and civil society actors in their development efforts. She was also engaged in gold mining and water management research projects in southern Kyrgyzstan. She holds a BA degree in International and Comparative Politics from the American University of Central Asia.

Dates: March 1 - April 9, Exam week: April 12 – 16
Time: Monday & Wednesday, 9:45-11:15 CET; 14:45-16:45 Bishkek time. 

*Note that the last three weeks of the course, including the exam week, will be held at 10:45-12:15 CEST due to daylight saving time. Thus, there will be no change in the course time slots for countries which do not change time.

Health Economics

Brief description: This course provides an introduction to Health Economics. As such, it will cover the production and demand for healthcare, how the determinants of demand and supply affect the costs of various types of healthcare services and the individual, family, and market investments in health. The field uses the tools of microeconomics and econometrics to examine both theoretically and empirically a number of topics, including the role of health insurance, healthcare in developing countries, and risky behavior.  

Prerequisites: Microeconomics at intermediate level 

Lecturer: Eva Hromadkova, Ph.D. 
Eva is a program director for the MA in Applied Economics program at CERGE-EI, and teaches a variety of courses within the program. Eva has worked as an Expert Analyst of the Economy at the Czech National Bank, in the Monetary and Statistics Department. She received her Ph.D. from CERGE-EI in 2016. She also holds a Master degree in Mathematics – Management from Comenius University and another in International Trade from the University of Economics, both in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

Teaching assistant: Kanykei Asanalieva
Kanykei is Research Assistant at UCA's IPPA. She holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Economics received from the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University. 

Dates: March 1 - April 9, Exam week: April 12 – 16 
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-11:00 CET; 14:30-16:00 Bishkek time. 

*Note that the last three weeks of the course, including the exam week will be held at 10:30-12:00 CEST due to daylight saving time. Thus, there will be no change in the course time slots for countries which do not change time.


Energy Economics and Climate policy

Brief description: Energy is a basic necessity of daily life and a vital input to industry in any society around the world. New technologies, especially renewable power generators such as wind and solar are changing the industry. Also, new climate policies have a growing influence on the economics and practical functioning of energy systems , especially the electricity industry. 

Firstly, the course aims to give a deeper theoretical insight regarding economic externalities (such as global warming). A number of the classical economic instruments are presented, such as Pigovean taxes, cap-and-trade programs, subsidies and mandates. The theory addressed has broad applications, also in the field of public finance and public policy. 

Secondly, the course addresses the experiences so far in the electricity industry that have been affected by the new technologies and climate policies, especially in the EU and California. It will focus on new empirical data and new theories to explain them. Students will also gain knowledge to appraise the effects (the challenges and opportunities) climate policy will have on the electricity industry. 

Prerequisites: Microeconomics, specifically the topics of consumption, production, supply & demand to at least at the level of any of the following books (any editions): 
Besanko, D., & Braeutigam, R. (2020). Microeconomics. Wiley Global Education. 
Krugman, P., Wells, R., Ray, M., & Anderson, D. A. (2013). Microeconomics in Modules. Macmillan Higher Education. 
Perloff, J. M. (2018). Microeconomics, Global Edition. Pearson Education Canada. 
Pindyck, R. S., Rubinfeld, D. L., & Microeconomics, F. E. (2001). by Prentice-Hall. Madrid,. Varian, H. R. (2014). Intermediate microeconomics with calculus: a modern approach. WW Norton & Company. 

Lecturer: Silvester van Koten, Ph.D. 
Silvester is an economist specializing in Economics Experiments and Energy Economics with a special interest in the economics of regulation, market design and energy markets. He holds a Ph.D. in economics (from CERGE-EI) and a MA in Psychology (Utrecht University). Presently, Silvester is a senior researcher at the Department of Economics at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, and a research associate at CERGE-EI in Prague. 
Silvester’s current research appraises the effect of the structure of spot market prices on the forward premium in electricity markets and the effectiveness of self-regulating organizations using theory, computer simulations and economics experiments. In previous research, Silvester analyzed the effects of more transparent financial markets on competition and prices in the EU electricity markets. His work was published in journals such as Energy Economics, Energy Policy, European Economic Review and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. 

Teaching assistant: Madina Junussova, Ph.D.
Madina Junussova is a Research Fellow at UCA's IPPA and a CERGE-EI Foundation Teaching Fellow. She has developed and taught Policy Processes, Methods of Policy Analysis, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation courses of UCA’s Executive Master in Economic Policy programme, which engaged civil servants from the Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan. Her research interests include policy analysis, policy monitoring and evaluation, efficacy of public investment, local and regional development, and sustainability. Madina holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Carleton University and degrees in architecture, urban and regional planning awarded by the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

Dates: March 1 - April 9, Exam week: April 12 – 16 
Time: Tuesday & Friday, 9:15-10:45 CET; 14:15-15:45 Bishkek time

Experimental Economics

Brief description: How can we get people to eat more healthily, donate blood, save money, procrastinate less and make better choices in general? Experimental Economics provides methods to test theoretical predictions and explore human behavior in specific environments. This six-week course is an introduction to the field of experimental economics. The course provides students with the skills needed to design, conduct and analyse an experiment. Students will learn mainly through “learning by doing” which provides a working knowledge of techniques for conducting laboratory experiments, field experiments, and surveys. 

Prerequisites: Students are expected to have passed statistics and microeconomics courses, preferably including basic game theory. 

Lecturer: Danijela Vuletić Čugalj, Ph.D. 
Danijela is a postdoctoral fellow at the Economic Institute in Prague. She finished her Ph.D. in Economics and Econometrics at CERGE-EI in September 2020. Her main research interest lies in behavioral and experimental economics. She focuses on the influence of different types of incentives on pro-social behavior and she studies the underlying psychological and biological mechanisms through which incentives influence human behavior. Danijela is the Course Director for the CERGE-EI Foundation’s Distance Learning Program. 

Teaching assistant:  Zalina Enikeeva, MA
Zalina Enikeeva is a Research Fellow at UCA's Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA). She holds MA in Economic Governance and Development from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Her expertise includes integration of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), international trade, food security, agricultural policies, tourism etc.

Dates: April 19 - May 28, Exam week: May 31 – June 4 
Time: Monday & Wednesday, 9:15-10:45 CEST; 14:15-15:45 Bishkek time. 

Education Economics

Brief description: The human capital of the population is a key determinant of labor-market success and economic growth. This brings the economics of education to the core of understanding individual and societal economic prosperity. This course introduces students to the key concepts and major issues of the economics of education, placing emphasis on current empirical research in the field. Topics include: the basic theory of investments in education (human capital theory) and the role of early childhood education; the returns to education and the empirical problem of disentangling the return to education from the return to innate ability; the role of class size, peer effects and school expenditure, etc. After the course, students are expected to be able to read, understand and discuss current research in economics of education, as well as to contribute to the discussion about the current challenges in education. 

Prerequisites: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics at introductory level 

Lecturer: Miroslava Federicova, Ph.D. 

Miroslava is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at CERGE-EI and a Researcher at IDEA Think Tank. She received her Ph.D. from CERGE-EI in 2016 and holds also MA in Mathematics of Economics and Finance from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Miroslava’s research is focused on Economics of Education, Applied Microeconomics and Microeconometrics, specializing in inequalities in education with a special interest in the effect of school system on inequalities in educational opportunities. 

Teaching assistant: Madina Junussova, Ph.D.
Madina Junussova is a Research Fellow at UCA's IPPA and a CERGE-EI Foundation Teaching Fellow. She has developed and taught Policy Processes, Methods of Policy Analysis, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation courses of UCA’s Executive Master in Economic Policy programme, which engaged civil servants from the Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan. Her research interests include policy analysis, policy monitoring and evaluation, efficacy of public investment, local and regional development, and sustainability. Madina holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Carleton University and degrees in architecture, urban and regional planning awarded by the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

Dates: April 19 - May 28, Exam week: May 31 – June 4 
Time: Tuesday & Friday, 11:00-12:30 CEST; 16:00-18:30 Bishkek time

About the University of Central Asia (UCA) and UCA's IPPA

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. As a university focused on the development of mountain societies, UCA's undergraduate programmes are located at its purpose-built world class residential campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, and Khorog, Tajikistan near the Tien Shan and Pamir mountains respectively. Established in 2011, UCA's Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) strengthens public policy making in Central Asia. It provides in-depth analysis of current and emerging policy issues facing the region, and works on improving the analytical capacity of governments and civil society to use evidence-based decision-making through professional development. IPPA is part of University of Central Asia’s Graduate School of Development.

About CERGE-EI and the CERGE-EI Foundation
The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education (CERGE) was established in 1991 in the Czech Republic to offer a western-style PhD in Economics to students from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It subsequently formed a joint workplace with the Economics Institute (EI) of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Today, CERGE-EI offers two additional master level programs: one-year long Masters in Applied Economics and two-years long Masters in Economic Research. All faculty are western-trained and CERGE-EI graduates receive degrees that are recognized in the EU and in the US. The CERGE-EI Foundation is a major financial supporter of CERGE-EI and, through its Teaching Fellows Program, supports western-trained economists teaching at universities across the region.
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