PhDr. Jana Votápková Ph.D.


Position: Research Fellow
Field of interest: Healthcare Markets, Production, Fertility, Child Care, Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity
Membership: Former PhD students, Internal


Office: 602
Email: jana [DOT] votapkova [AT] fsv [DOT] cuni [DOT] cz
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: 3.10.2019
Dissertation defence: 13.5.2020

Current work:
Finalization of the dissertation thesis

Dissertation topic:
Essays on Health Economics and Health Policy

Disertation abstract:
My dissertation thesis is a collection of three applied economics essays and a comprehensive discussion and policy assessment based on the results of the essays and other early work of the author. The topics analyzed were motivated by recent Czech healthcare reforms that address the recommendations raised by the OECD. Firstly, efficiency of Czech general hospitals is analyzed stressing the need for a well-functioning DRG system. Secondly, inpatient user charges which were introduced in 2008 and abolished shortly after, are analyzed as a tool which increases private participation on healthcare expenses and thus may boost healthcare efficiency both through additional resources and reduction of excess demand for healthcare services. Thirdly, personal savings, pre-retirement savings in particular, are viewed as another private source which could ease the tight public healthcare and pension budgets. It is proved that health status is a positive determinant for pre--retirement liquid savings, thus preventive health programs should be given a priority within the Czech healthcare system.

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



2010-2020 Ph.D. Degree in Economics, IES, Charles University
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
2017+ Country expert, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, The Health System Policy Monitor, Country page - Czech Republic
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 healthcare supply

What is the relationship between aging parents in nursing homes and amount of children they have? (Katarina Gomoryova)

Send me an email with areas that interest you and we will discuss a specific topic.

Master theses

Topics concerning efficiency measurements
Topics in healthcare economics

How financial IBA’s to increase physical activity can affect health care expenditures in the Czech Republic (Valentin Schnabl)

Send me an email with areas that interest you and we will discuss a specific topic.

Supervised Bachelor theses

all/awarded: 8/2
Awarded: Bc. Jakub Losenický, Bc. Pavlína Žilová

Supervised Master Theses

all/awarded: 6/0


Evaluation 2010/2011
Evaluation 2012/2013
Evaluation 2013/2014
ISP update 2011/2012
ISP update 2013/2014
ISP update 2014/2015



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