Jan Švejnar: The Challenges Are Enormous (Talking Economics Podcast)

23 June, 2021

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of CERGE-EI, we are launching a Talking Economics Podcast entitled Looking Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing World. We are grateful that Jan Švejnar accepted our invitation and was our first guest. 

In this podcast series, Katarína Stehlíková, CERGE-EI Ph.D. in Economics graduate, as the anchor, will ask our guests to reflect on the current situation and talk about the challenges and opportunities they see in their field of expertise with respect to the pandemic. Has the pandemic crisis affected their work, and if so, how? Are there any topics that are becoming more important due to the pandemic? What opportunities do they see for addressing the challenges of the world that is changing before our eyes these days?

 “The challenges are enormous. It’s a completely new type of shock. Uncertainty has risen. (…) CERGE-EI was at the forefront of studying the problems. The think-tank IDEA which I started 12 years ago, and which has now become a major think tank in the country has provided numerous studies that have been available. Some were used, some were used less,” Jan Švejnar said.

You can listen to the Talking Economics Podcast on several platforms, including Spotify,, and YouTube. The next podcast, on Health Economics, will be available next month.