Faculty – Mark Votruba

Mark Votruba - Associate Professor, Economics
Associate Professor, Economics
Adjunct associate professor, University of Stavanger
Research Associate , Statistics Norway

Peter B. Lewis Building 275
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

How does plant downsizing affect the welfare of employees and their children? Is the use of public support programs affected by use among one's peers? These are just two of the questions Mark Votruba tackles in his research in public policy and health economics. Votruba's third area of focus is how medical resources are allocated in the U.S. health care system. He's examined the consequences of referring stroke patients to hospitals that treat more stroke patients; potential cost savings of treatments to reduce premature birth; and influences on insurers' willingness to pay for treatments that could reduce long-term medical costs.

Curriculum Vita

PhD, Princeton University, 2003
MA, Princeton University, 1999
MA, University of Chicago, 1995
BS, Centre College of Kentucky, 1992

Initially Appointed: 2002

Interests and Courses


Health Economics: Allocation of Medical Resources, Insurance Markets, Health System Organization.

Public/Labor Economics: Social Program Participation, Social Interactions Effects, Effects of Job Loss, Childhood Exposures.


Health economics; public economics; labor economics.

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Rebitzer, J., Votruba, M. (2014). In A.J. Culyer (Ed.),
    Organizational Economics and Physician Practices Elsevier.
  • Votruba, M., Rege, M., Telle, K. (2012).
    Social Interaction Effects in Disability Pension Participation: Evidence from Plant Downsizing (vol. 114, issue 4, pp. 1208-39). Scandanavian Journal of Economics.
  • Rebitzer, J., Votruba, M. (2011).
    Organizational Economics and Physician Practices (issue wp#17535, ). NBER.
  • Rege, M., Telle, K., Votruba, M. (2011).
    Parental Job Loss and Children's School Performance (vol. 78, issue 4, pp. 1462-89). Review of Economic Studies.
  • Kalil, A., Mogstad, M., Rege, M., Votruba, M. (2011).
    Divorced Fathers' Proximity and Children's Long Run Outcomes: Evidence from Norwegian Registry Data (vol. 48, issue 3, pp. 1005-1027). Demography.
  • Cebul, R., Rebitzer, J., Taylor, L., Votruba, M. (2011).
    Unhealthy Insurance Markets: Search Frictions and the Cost and Quality of Health Insurance (vol. 101, issue 5, pp. 1842-71). American Economic Review.
  • Votruba, M. (2010).
    Trans Fats, the Rational Consumer, and the Role of Government (vol. 12, issue 10, pp. 804-811). Virtual Mentor: The AMA Journal of Ethics.
  • Rege, M., Telle, K., Votruba, M. (2009).
    The Effect of Plant Downsizing on Disability Pension Utilization (vol. 7, issue 4, pp. 754-785). Journal of the European Economic Association.
  • Cebul, R., Rebitzer, J., Taylor, L., Votruba, M. (2009).
    Fixing what's broken: The economics of the public insurance option Cleveland, OH: The Plain Dealer .
  • Votruba, M., Kling, J. (2009).
    Effects of Neighborhood Characteristics on the Mortality of Male Black Youth: Evidence from Gautreaux, Chicago (vol. 68, issue 5, pp. 814-823). Social Science and Medicine.
  • Cebul, R., Rebitzer, J., Taylor, L., Votruba, M. (2008).
    Organizational Fragmentation and Care Quality in the U.S. Health Care System (vol. 22, issue 4, pp. 93-113). Journal of Economic Perspectives.
  • Rege, M., Telle, K., Votruba, M. (2007).
    Parental Job Loss and Children's School Performance (dp#517 ed., ). Statistics Norway .
  • Rege, M., Telle, K., Votruba, M. (2007).
    Plant Closure and Marital Dissolution (dp#514 ed., ). Statistics Norway .
  • Votruba, M., Bailit, J. (2007).
    Medical Cost Savings Associated with 17 Alpha Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate (vol. 196, issue 3, pp. 219.e1-e7.). American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Votruba, M., Tsai, A. C., Bridges, J. F., Cebul, R. (2006).
    Overcoming Bias in Estimating the Volume-Outcome Relationship (vol. 41, issue 1, pp. 252-264). Chicago, IL: Health Services Research.
  • Votruba, M., Cebul, R. (2006).
    Redirecting Patients to Improve Stroke Outcomes: Implications of a Volume-Based Approach in One Urban Market (vol. 44, issue 12, pp. 1129-1136). Medical Care.


  • 20th Annual Arrow Award, International Health Economics Association. (2013).
  • Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award finalist, WSOM. (2010).