Social Sciences

Economics was the third field to be included in Neuron's grant competition. As a successful businessman, Neuron's founder Karel Janeček decided to support economics as a way of connecting science and practical life. Starting in 2014, economics is part of the grant program under the Social Sciences category.

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Social sciences are often a neglected area of research though a number of crucial issues in the world today (political crisis, religious intolerance, cultural conflicts, etc.) are the result of social and historical processes that we should be able to understand if we are to tackle these issues.

The Neuron Fund supports research projects in social sciences with up to CZK 1 million per year.

Projects that focus on a subject beyond the expertise of the Scientific Board will be assessed by Neuron Fund's external collaborators.


Ing. Filip Pertold, Ph.D. – Czech Road to Prosperity: An Activity of Women with Young Children in the Labor Market
This project analyzes the impact of maternity and parental leave on the success rate of Czech Women in the Labor Market. It also indicates what policy changes could best help in their career growth. The econometric analysis uses comparison between the Czech Republic and Denmark, a model country for pro-family policies.

Dr. Jan Libich – Fiscal, Monetary and Growth Implications of an Aging Population: Issues and Solutions
Demographic trends of aging population suggest that without making significant changes in their fiscal policy, many countries, including the Czech Republic, will find themselves on the verge of bankruptcy within a generation. This project aims to provide research results and to promote them in order to find solutions to these pressing issues.

Doc. Ing. Štěpán Jurajda, Ph.D. – Names and Success
This project measures the significance of names and their alphabetical order for the success of companies and prospective employees, for the success of students in entrance exams or for the success rate of (male line) families in intergenerational social mobility. These topics have not been sufficiently studied in existing literature due to the limited availability of suitable data because statistical agencies refuse to collect or distribute details regarding the names of researched subjects. A significant part of the project would focus on the encoding and collection of suitable data sets. It is likely that the significance of alphabetical order or linguistic effects as factors influencing decision making keeps growing as more information is available on employee productivity, product quality or the necessity of social services for a given applicant. We often face two choices of very similar quality. The importance of these effects is clear to individuals whose names have a small but cumulative impact on their success. For example, alphabetical sorting as a non-discriminatory practice might prove to be problematic.

Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr.

"We are not afraid to support original and bold research projects with aspirations to open new areas in social sciences."