PhDr. Jana Votápková


Position: Junior Researcher
Field of interest: Healthcare Markets, Production, Fertility, Child Care, Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity
Membership: European Economic Integration and Economic Policy, Internal, PhD Candidates


Office: 602
Email: jana [DOT] votapkova [AT] gmail [DOT] com
Phone: +420 777 576 698
Available: by appointment

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PhD study

Tutor: doc. PhDr. Martin Gregor Ph.D.

Studying from: 2010
PhDr examination: 03/2011
Final exam: 09/2012
Dissertation Proposal defence:
Dissertation defence:

Current work:
The Effect of the Abolition of User Charges on Inpatient Hospital Care - finalization
Finalization of the dissertation thesis

Dissertation topic:
Three Essays on Economics of Health Care

Disertation abstract:
My Dissertation Thesis will have three parts. The first part will deal with measuring efficiency of hospitals in the Czech Republic using the Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA). The second part will assess efficiency of hospitals in the Czech Republic using non-parametric conditional Free-Disposable-Hull method (conditional FDH). Consequently, results of both methods will be compared and discussed in a separate chapter. The third essay will analyze the effect of user charges on inpatient hospital care.

The line of research is motivated by the ongoing pressures on public finances since increasing efficiency of publicly owned institutions is perceived as one of the ways to combat public debt. Having carried out a preliminary cost efficiency analysis and identified and some of its determinants for a panel of 99 hospitals in the Czech Republic in the period 2001-2008 using the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA) methodology in my master thesis, I aim to exploit the topic further. I will employ the SFA and take advantage of DRG case-mix index and other potential determinants of inefficiency which are believed to explain the portion of previously obtained group-specific inefficiency. The non-parametric analysis will serve as a robustness check of the parametric results. I will compare both methods and contribute to methodological discussions.

The second part will assess the effect of user charges on inpatient hospital care in the Czech Republic, specifically on the number of inpatient days. Using a difference-in-differences approach, I will analyze a panel of 99 Czech general hospitals in the period 2008-2009, with 2008 being the base year. User charges were introduced in 2008, however in 2009 regions under the political influence of CSSD, reimbursed patients for the user charges. The setup thus satisfies the criteria for natural experiment since the decision to reimburse was independent of hospital characteristics. Individual characteristics of hospitals will be accounted for in the model. A standard multivariate panel data model will serve as a robustness check of the results.

Optional courses:
Summer School on Production Economics, June 16-20, 2011, Verona, Italy



2007 - 2010 M.A. Degree in Economics, IES, Charles University
2003 - 2007 B.A. Degree in English and Applied Economics, Palacky University in Olomouc
2009 Spring Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Erasmus exchange)
2005-2006 Earlham College, Richmond, IN, U.S.A., Merrill's Program Scholarship (Palacky University)

Job history

2010 + Research Assistant, IES FSV UK
2014 Research Expert for the European Commission
2013-2014 Research Assistant, Ministry of Health, Czech Republic & WHO, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
2010 + Teaching Assistant (Advanced Microeconomics, International Macroeconomics, Ekonomie II)
2008 + Research Assistant, Centre for Economic Studies, School of Economics and Management, Prague (VŠEM)
participation on the MŠMT grant no. 1M0524 Center for the Research of the Competitiveness of the Czech Economy(Centrum výzkumu konkurenční schopnosti české ekonomiky)
2008 Research Assistant, Ministry of Health, Czech Republic

Awards and prizes

2016 - Josef Hlavka Prize for the best students of Prague Universities
2012 - Karel Engliš Award
2010 - M.A. with distinction from the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences for an excellent Master Thesis
2007 - Bachelor Thesis awarded as an excellent piece of work by the President of Palacky University

Topics for supervision

Bachelor theses

Topics concerning efficiency measurements
Topics in healthcare economics
Geographical imbalances in distribution of healthcare workers: key factors and their effect (Jan Hynek)

Master theses

Topics concerning efficiency measurements
Topics in healthcare economics
Effect of sugar tax (Hana Stefanova)

Supervised Bachelor theses

all/awarded: 5/2
Awarded: Bc. Jakub Losenický, Bc. Pavlína Žilová

Supervised Master Theses

all/awarded: 5/0


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