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

Date: 16 April 2021
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.

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.

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:
Friday, April 16, 2021.

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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