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Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute

World-Class Graduate Education and Research


Founded in 1991, CERGE-EI is the first and most significant Ph.D. program in economics in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. CERGE-EI's mission to address the critical shortage of market economics expertise in the post-communist region has expanded to serve emerging economies worldwide. CERGE-EI is not only a top research institution–overview of the recent publications by CERGE-EI faculty is available in research digest Insights–but is also actively engaged in policy research through its think-tank, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Analysis (IDEA).


Reducing Brain Drain


CERGE-EI addresses the critical shortage of human capital by educating bright, motivated young men and women from over 30 countries in the cutting-edge economics necessary to build their countries' futures as free and prosperous societies. More than 70 percent of CERGE-EI graduates remain in their home region, in stark contrast to the 10 percent return rate of those trained in the U.S. or Western Europe. Graduates serve in influential positions in the IMF, World Bank, EBRD, OECD, ILP, regional Central Banks and Ministries, universities, and the private sector.




CERGE-EI offers world-class training in modern market economics for less than a third of the cost per student of comparable programs in the U.S.

Educational Programs

In addition to its flagship Ph.D. in Economics, CERGE-EI also offers a masters in economics: Master in Economic Research, which provides students with excellent foundations for Ph.D. programs at CERGE-EI and beyond.

In cooperation with Charles University's Faculty of Humanities and the CERGE-EI Foundation, CERGE-EI runs a popular study abroad program, the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (UPCES), serving dozens of students from the USA every semester.  

CERGE-EI has established itself as one of the leading institutions for research and graduate teaching in Central Europe. With a highly motivated international faculty and students from across the transition region it is an important source of talent and analysis for government, business and universities in the region and for international organizations like the EBRD.


Erik Berglöf

Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and

former Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

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