Call for Participation: Live-Streamed Courses in Economics

Date: 17 February 2020
The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration, in cooperation with the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education's Economics Institute (CERGE-EI) Foundation, invites all bachelor and master level students, faculty members, applied researchers, and other interested individuals to participate in a live-streamed economics course starting in February and March 2020. Courses will be delivered at UCA's Administration Office in Bishkek (138 Toktogul Street), through live streaming from CERGE-EI’s Digital Media Centre in Prague.

Costs and Tuition Fees
Courses are free of charge for course participants.

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

Course Schedule
Courses on Health Economics, Energy Economics, Experimental Economics, and Environmental Economics will be offered starting in February and March 2020. All courses are delivered 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 the courses will be awarded CERGE-EI Foundation certificates. Participants should be physically present at UCA, no zoom or other links will be provided.

Admission Requirements
The programme is intensive and rigorous, and an 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 with the necessary qualifications and experience to succeed.

Registration
To register for a course, please send a resume and Cover Letter to ippa@ucentralasia.org, and indicate the selected course name. One person can apply to multiple courses. The deadline to register is three days before the start of each course.

Courses

1. Health Economics
Course Dates: February 18 to March 26 2020 (exams: March 30-April 3) 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 14:30-16:00 Prague time (19:30-21:00 Bishkek time)

This course provides an introduction to Health Economics. It will cover the production and demand for health care, how the determinants of demand and supply affect the costs of various types of health care 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, health care in developing countries, and risky behavior.

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

2. Energy Economics
Course Dates: February 19 to March 25 2020 (exams: March 30-April 3) 
Mondays and Wednesdays, 14:00-15:30 Prague time (19:00-20:30 Bishkek time)

Energy is a basic necessity of daily life, and a vital input to industry in any society around the world. Energy also plays an important role in the climate policies that are aimed at the global warming problem. This course, taking mostly the viewpoint of economic markets and economic regulation, aims at sharing knowledge about various topics related to fossil fuels that are, still now and in the near future, the backbone of the present energy system. Special focus is given to electricity and electricity markets, as electricity is expected to play a special role in the decarbonalization effort of energy systems. Students will learn to appraise the challenges and opportunities climate policy will have on the electricity industry. Particular attention is paid to the results of the energy policies in the energy change front runners such as California, Denmark and Germany. The course also introduces the economic theory for climate policy, and applies it on the various policies used in the past decades in the United States and Europe.

Lecturer: Silvester van Koten 
Silvester is an Associate Professor of Economics specialising in Energy Economics and Economics Experiments with a special interest in the economics of electricity markets, renewables and regulation. Silvester received his Ph.D. from CERGE-EI in 2009, and also holds an MA in Psychology from Utrecht University. Currently, he is a Senior Researcher and Associate Professor at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Czechia, and a Visiting Professor at the New Economic School in Moscow.

3. Experimental Economics
Course Dates: March 3 to April 9 2020 (exams: April 14-17) 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00-9:30 Prague time (13:00-14:30 Bishkek time) 

How can we get people to eat a healthy diet, 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. This course provides students with 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 
Danijela is a Junior Researcher and a Ph.D. candidate at CERGE-EI in Prague, Czech Republic. Danijela works as a Senior Business Analyst for an e-Health start-up company. Her main research interest is 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.

4. Environmental Economics
Course Dates: March 2-April 8 2020 (exams: April 14-17) 
Mondays, 9:45-13:00 Prague time (14:45-18:00 Bishkek time)

This course examines a number of topics in economics of the environment, the link between market failures and environmental problems, and an examination of the optimal level of extraction of environmental and natural resources. The main objective of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the main concepts and economic aspects of environmental protection and regulation, as well as key instruments useful for regulatory impact assessment.

Lecturer: Ondřej Vojáček 
Ondřej is an Associate Professor of economics specialising on environmental economics at the University of Economics in Prague and the Czech Technical University. His main focus in on assessment of the regulatory impact on business and the national economy, economics of air and water protection, cost-benefit analyses of environmental issues. He specialises on tradable emission permits, energy efficiency, and the general context of environmental regulation. 

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, the 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 programmes: 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 recognised in the EU and in the US. The CERGE-EI Foundation is a major financial supporter of CERGE-EI and, through its Teaching Fellows Programme, supports western-trained economists teaching at universities across the region.
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