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24th April 2019 / Competitiveness / Education


IDEA CERGE-EI: The school homework load in the Czech Republic and in international comparison

Expert studies in this area did not reach consensus about the benefits of homeworks on pupils' education so far. And, no research has ever previously charted the homework load in the Czech Republic in comparison with other countries, nor what factors (schools, teachers, pupils) affect it, says the latest analysis published by the IDEA think-tank at CERGE-EI.

24th April 2019 / Economic policy / Education


Roundtable with Mayor Vaňková on ICT education in Brno: You cannot harvest what you do not sow

Brno's success as a hub for information technology has created a new set of policy changes for business, university, and political leaders: how to manage the flow of talent through the region's schools to meet the demand for more quantity and more specially qualified graduates.

23rd April 2019 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs


Brexit and its potential impact on British citizens living and working in the Czech Republic

Given recent events, the word Brexit is becoming a synonym for uncertainty and constant change. Brexit and its timing and conditions have labour law ramifications not only for Czech citizens working in the UK, but also for British citizens living and working in the Czech Republic. 

17th April 2019 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance


Bank clients think about the future. Half of us consult someone about where to put our savings, but only a third are loyal to our primary bank

  • 43% of respondents have pension savings and contribute to funds
  • Supplementary pension insurance and building savings continue to be popular banking products
  • One in two people seeks advice on how to manage their finances

16th April 2019 / Politics / Elections


US Politics Watch: Four scenarios for 2020 and beyond

The US Presidential election next year has the potential to be even more contentious and unpredictable than the last. This major report, written in conjunction with Oxford Analytica, looks at the political and economic implications of four key scenarios. We'll update the core findings every month until the vote is held.

Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy

  1. 1) The home of value-added manufacturing
  2. 2) Prague-Brno-Ostrava Creative Triangle
  3. 3) Health Care as an export industry
  4. 4) Government as a competitive advantage

Advocacy Priorities for 2018-2020 
 
People 

1. Setting a predictable policy for economic immigration based on the goal of maintaining current levels of employment for Czech citizens and wage growth that corresponds to productivity growth.  

2. Establishing incentives for companies and individuals to provide the qualifications and skills necessary for the automation of production and service industries.  

3. Introducing machine and computer programming as a required language in elementary and high schools.  

4. Improving the Healthy Life Years of the workforce and overall population through better prevention programs, better diagnostics, and better treatment.  
 
Infrastructure 

1. Develop a plan for developing and maintaining an integrated rail, road and air commercial logistics systems.  

2. Integrate the Prague airport into the national commuter network.  

3. Increase digital infrastructure capacity throughout country. 

4. Develop a housing plan that will create more entry-level housing in Prague and Brno for purchase or rent.  
 
Technology 

1. Reform investment incentives to concentrate on product research, development and production.  

2. Establish policy objectives in the area of health, energy, transport, environment and other areas and use these objectives for allocating public research funds. 

3. Require major public procurements to use objective and measurable criteria for innovation. 

 

Read the document in English and Czech.

Policy pipeline

In Policy Pipeline policy developments in the Czech Republic and abroad are monitored to bring better understanding of current topics and trends.

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