Tomáš Janotík MSc.

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Position: Ph.D. Candidate
Field of interest: Microeconomics, Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles, Labor and Demographic Economics, General Welfare, Well-Being
Membership: Microeconomics and Mathematical Methods, PhD Candidates

Contact

Office: 602
Email: tomas [DOT] janotik [AT] gmail [DOT] com
Phone: +420 776 316 414
Personal web pages: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-janotik-56685797
Available: upon request

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PhD study

Tutor: prof. RNDr. Jiří Hlaváček CSc.

Studying from: 2010
PhDr examination:
Final exam: 05/2014
Dissertation Proposal defence:
Dissertation defence:

Current work:

Dissertation topic:
Three Essays in Economics of Religion and Happiness

Disertation abstract:
I would like to link the topic of my dissertation thesis to the topic of my Bachelor’s thesis which I wrote
under supervision of professor Mlčoch at Institute of Economic Studies. The Economics of Happiness is one of
the most recent subdisciplines of Economics which understands happiness as a subjective feeling of satisfaction
with individual’s own life (subjective well-being or SWB). Its methodology is based mostly on this concept.
There are several ways of measuring SWB in practice. The most common approach uses statistical inquiries
in which respondents are directly asked how satisfied or dissatisfied they feel with their lives. The typical question
may be: “All relevant factors taken into consideration, how satisfied do you feel with your life?” (Frey, 2008).
Respondents are usually asked to self-report their well-being as a number on some scale (for example from 1 to
10, where 1 means “very dissatisfied” and 10 means “very satisfied”). This method allows “quantifying”
happiness and then applying statistical and econometric tools and methods of analysis. In my Bachelor’s thesis,
I tried to examine the functioning of Benedictine monasteries and life of Benedictine monks from the perspective
of Economics of Happiness. My primary focus was on identification of those factors and aspects in monastic life
which could be considered to be major determinants of subjective well-being of Benedictines. I tried to show that
the key determinants consist in the nature of social interaction between monks, monastic corporate governance,
work ethic and intrinsic motivation and also in their voluntary work. I found the empirical support in the results of
above mentioned happiness research in Economics. One possible way to continue in this topic would be doing
empirical statistical research (in form of questionnaires) directly in monastic community and test whether the data
gathered there would confirm the findings and hypotheses formulated in the thesis.
In addition to empirical research and a case study in above mentioned area, I would like to focus on broader
theoretical issues, in particular the role of social interaction, identification with a social group, altruism and their
impact on human behavior. There have been many attempts to incorporate these aspects into economic theory.
There is no doubt that understanding of these issues is very crucial for developing better and more general
theoretical models. In my dissertation thesis, I would like to examine these issues in a more formalized and
systematized manner than the limited scope of my Bachelor’s thesis allowed me to do. In my Bachelor’s thesis, I
discussed the concept of Mutual Correspondence of Sentiments which was originally developed by Adam Smith
in his Theory of Moral Sentiments. The main idea is that people derive pleasure from mutual sympathy, empathy
and fellow-feeling. Their desire for fellow-feeling then significantly affects their decision making. Consequently,
it may be a very important determinant of human behavior. I am convinced that incorporating Adam Smith’s ideas
into economic theory is a very promising way toward developing richer models. It will also be very interesting to
compare and evaluate predictive and explanatory power of Smith’s ideas with other concepts of social interaction
that were already developed in Economics, like altruism, trust or reciprocity.

Optional courses:
2010/2011
WS:
AAEM - Alternative Approaches to Economic Modeling
JEM020 - Etika a Ekonomie

TEACHING:
2010/2011
WS:
JEM004 - Advanced Macroeconomics
LS:
JEB075 Development Economics

2011/2012
LS:
JEB075 Development Economics
JEB007 Mikroekonomie I

2012/2013
ZS:
JEB105 Statistics
LS:
JEB007 Mikroekonomie I
JEB129 Public Policy, Public Debt and Sovereign Debt Ratings

2014/2015
LS
JEM113: Microeconomics of Banking
JEB103: Comparative Economics

CV

Organisation Memberships

Mensa International

Education

• 1998-2006 - Gymnázium Sečovce, Slovakia
• 2006-2009 - Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies - Bachelor’s degree in Economics
• 2009-2010 - University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics and Business – MSc. in Economics

Academic writings:

2009 - Economics and Happiness - Bachelor's thesis
2010 - 20 Years of Economic Transition in Visegrad Countries - A Post Keynesian View - Master's thesis

Job history

2012 - 2013: RWE Transgas, a.s., Portfolio Management Analyst
since 2014: Profesia, spol. s.r.o., Labor Market Analyst

Extra activities

LS 2011 - Scholarship and Free Society Seminar, Bryn Mawr College, Philadephia, USA - conference of PhD. students about the role of economics and economic scholars in contemporary world

Study periods abroad:
LS 2011-Hessen International Summer University, Frankfurt am Main - International summer school with focus on EU integration and finance

ZS 2011 - Goethe Universitat Frankfurt am Main - semester abroad

Supervising Master's and Bachelor's theses, so far:
2 Master's theses at IPS UK
5 Bachelor's theses at IES UK

2015 - GAUK Grant No. 462213 with title "Benedictine monasteries from the point of view of Economics" sucessfully finished

Topics for supervision

Bachelor theses

Economic Aspects of Blood Donation
Time-inconsistent Preferences and Procrastination
Is Economics Performative?
The Role of Think-tanks in Most Recent Czech/Slovak History and Their Impact on Economic Policy

(you are more than welcome to specify your own topic)

Master theses

Economic Aspects of Blood Donation
Time-inconsistent Preferences and Procrastination
Is Economics Performative?
The Role of Think-tanks in Most Recent Czech/Slovak History and Their Impact on Economic Policy

(you are more than welcome to specify your own topic)

Supervised Bachelor theses

all/awarded: 5/0
Awarded:

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ISP Update 2014
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