Filip Matějka Receives the Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences

5 December, 2023

The 2023 Prize of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, donated by the Peregrinus Foundation (Rudolf Meimberg) went to Filip Matějka, Associate Professor with Tenure at CERGE-EI.

The Prize of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities may be awarded biennially. It is intended as recognition of excellent work and as encouragement for future high-quality outstanding achievements by scholars from the countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe who can be regarded as young, relative to their achievements. Filip Matějka is the first Czech recipient of the prize since its inception in 1996. The prize includes prize money of EUR 8,000 and is conferred at the ceremonial session on the Academy’s Einstein Day celebration at the end of the year. This year's Einstein Day took place on 1 December, 2023 with a ceremony in Potsdam's Nikolaisaal. This way, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW) honors Albert Einstein, one of the most prominent members of the former Prussian Academy of Sciences.

Filip Matějka has been an Associate Professor with Tenure (under US permanent charter) at CERGE-EI and a member of the Executive and Supervisory Committee of CERGE-EI since 2016. He has also been a Professor at CERGE, Charles University since 2023 and a Senior Researcher at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences since 2016. Filip Matějka has been Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic and Policy Research, London, a member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies and American Economic Review. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics from Princeton University. He graduated from Charles University in Physics.

Filip Matějka’s research spans macroeconomics, information economics (mostly rational inattention) and behavioral economics. His work has been published in several leading economics journals, including Econometrica, the Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economic Studies, and others. He is the recipient of the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant "Economics of Inattention" (2021-2026). Filip Matějka received the Award of the Minister of Education of the Czech Republic, American Economic Review Excellence in Refereeing Award, Exeter Prize for the best paper in experimental economics, and The Neuron Award for promising young scientists. He was a Visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, USA.