Mgr. Dominika Špolcová

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Position: Junior Researcher
Field of interest: Applied Microeconometrics, Efficiency Analysis, Energy Economics, Meta-analysis
Membership: Center for Doctoral Studies, Internal, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, PhD Candidates

Contact

Office: 602
Email: dominika [DOT] reckova [AT] fsv [DOT] cuni [DOT] cz
Phone:
Available: by appointment

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PhD study

Tutor: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Havránek Ph.D.

Studying from: 2017
PhDr examination:
Final exam:
Dissertation Proposal defence:
Dissertation defence:

Current work:
Efficiency of money allocation in scientific grants
- Currently working on the evaluation of grant proposals

Dissertation topic:
Efficiency of money allocation in publicly financed projects

Disertation abstract:
The dissertation aims to examine the efficiency of public financing and to propose efficiency improvement mechanism of the money distribution. The focus will be on two particular areas - scientific funding, and European funds allocation.
Fist part will deal with the efficiency of scientific funding. The Grant Agency of the Czech Republic distributes yearly about CZK 1,500 million to scientists. Successful is only circa one third out of the 2,200 applications. The literature deals with the problem of how to effectively select the projects for financial support and no study explores the efficiency of the public money allocation. The problem of trade-off off between effectiveness in terms of low transaction costs and possibilities of control over the quality of the project’s result needs to be solved by all public funds redistribution. The grant agencies commonly use peer reviews or scoring.
The main aim of the dissertation is the evaluation of the choosing procedure effectiveness in terms of low transaction costs. The second part will deal with the efficiency of European funds allocation. European Union operates with large amounts of public financial resources. In 2016 EU redistributed only to the Czech Republic CZK 128.3 billion into areas such as regional development, employment, and research and innovation. The mechanism of the redistribution is complex; besides large structural funds, EU provides also direct grants for specific projects that are chosen based on submitted proposal similarly as the scientific projects. Recently Toolsema & Allers (2014) compared the block and matching grants in the Netherlands and found block grants more efficient than matching grants and more equitable than fixed block grants. The dissertation will in a similar way more generally examine the efficiency of European funds allocation in terms of goal setting and achievement.
The third part will test the proposed mechanism of money allocation improvement in laboratory or field experiment to assess whether the new approach outperforms current system.

Optional courses:
2017/18 SS: JED110 - Alternative Approaches to Economic Modeling
2017/18 WS: JED109 - Alternative Approaches to Economic Modeling

CV

Education

2017 - present Ph.D. in economics, IES Charles University
2014 University of Hamburg of Economics (Erasmus)
2014-2017 M.A. in economics, IES Charles University
2011-2014 B.A. in economics, IES Charles University

Job history

2017+ Junior Researcher, IES Charles University
2017+ Member of the Centre for doctoral studies, IES Charles University

Teaching Assistantship
2018/2019 WS: JEB003 Ekonomie I (IES)
2018/2019 WS: JEM123 Economics of Least Developed Countries (IES)
2017/2018 WS: JEM007 Applied Microeconometrics (IES)
2017/2018 WS: JEM123 Economics of Least Developed Countries (IES)

Awards and prizes

2014 Josef Vavrousek Award - 3rd place
2014 Honorable recognition from Czech Economic Society for economist under 25 years

Topics for supervision

Bachelor theses

Topics related to economics of well-being or from the area of environmental economics are welcome.
Students are welcome to specify the topic on their own. Only theses written in English and LaTeX are to be supervised.

Master theses

Topics related to economics of well-being or from the area of environmental economics are welcome.
Students are welcome to specify the topic on their own. Only theses written in English and LaTeX are to be supervised.

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