Doc. Ing. Daniel Münich, Ph.D.

Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences


  • To help academics and the broader public to understand our complex and dynamically developing society.
  • To provide Czech society with scientifically rigorous, ideologically and politically independent specialised feedback.
  • Making use of the research outcomes, to attempt to influence public policy.
  • To contribute to raising the quality of government and improving quality of life in our democratic society.
  • To attempt to apply the findings of basic research in practice.
  • To encourage public debate on important topics.
  • To raise general awareness of the significance of the work done in academic institutions.

Participating CAS Institutes
Institute of Ethnology
Institute of Philosophy
Economics Institute
Institute of Sociology
Institute of Computer Science
Institute of State and Law

Collaborating partners
Amnesty International Czech Republic
CERGE, Charles University
CNN Prima News
Czech Medical Chamber
Czech National Bank
Česká spořitelna, a. s.
Czech Social Security Administration
Czech Television
Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions
Czech Radio
Czech Statistical Office
Expert Committee on Pension Reform
Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University
European Commission Joint Research Center, Seville
Ministry of Finance (CZ)
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (CZ)
Ministry of Regional Development (CZ)
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (CZ)
Ministry of the Interior (CZ)
Multicultural Center Prague
Online Encyclopedia of Migration
Parliament of the Czech Republic
Office of the Government (CZ) Advisory Bodies
Association for Integration and Migration
The Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic
Učitel naživo
Czech Labour Offices
Department of European Ethnology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University
and others

In this project we focus on socio-economic phenomena, primarily in relation to schools and education, the labour market, taxes and benefits, poverty and inequality, population ageing, public finances and behavioural matters. Thanks to the involvement of a variety of institutes and organizations, findings and approaches from related fields including sociology, psychology, law, ethics and operations research, including evaluation of the impact of public policy regulations, are incorporated into the research and published findings. The Covid-19 pandemic has presented us with some extremely hot topics, which will be given particular attention with the aim of disseminating knowledge and helping to mitigate the negative impacts of the expected post-pandemic economic crisis on the Czech society. A range of researchers from many different disciplines will be involved, from the Academy of Sciences, Czech universities and institutions abroad.

One prominent area of our research will focus on ethics and responsibility. Modern technologies mean that the traditional aspects of our personal responsibility are put to new tests. In traditional ethical teaching, responsibility is a matter for us as individuals: we are responsible for our own actions and may bear the consequences of our own behaviour. During the 20th century, however, we were prompted to ask whether in a certain sense animals might also be responsible subjects, and nowadays that boundary is extending again, this time beyond living beings to include new autonomous technological systems. Scientific and technological development make it necessary for us to expand our concept of responsible agents – so that even robots and other autonomous machines might be seen as independently responsible. The project will also investigate an entirely new form of responsibility – people’s responsibility for the environment and for future generations.

Another significant topic we will look at is the development of the housing market and trends that are currently worsening access to housing for young people in the Czech Republic’s main urban centres. Working together with the banking sector, we will look in detail at the available price data and trends in housing prices to date and will identify differences in those trends between different data sources. Based on these analyses, we will calculate the impacts of future trends on access to housing for the generation of young people who are currently most affected by the inaccessibility of housing. One of our aims in doing so is to recommend and evaluate various possible regulatory measures.

Modern society is substantially affected by mobility and migration. Today’s unprecedented movement of people, ideas and resources is affecting every aspect of our lives, including state sovereignty and perceptions of identity. Mobility and migration disrupt the dominance of national identities and citizenship in favour of transnational and hybrid identities. They also contribute to increasing xenophobia and populism, because they hint at the loss of long-established order and are perceived as threats. In this project we investigate phenomena such as the relationship between mobility and governmental or international regulations; border delimitation and the formation of differences; the creation of order and street-level bureaucracy; the transformation of national identities and citizenship; the ordinariness and subjectivity of migration participants.

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