Mark Votruba | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University
Mark Votruba - Associate Professor, Economics

Faculty – Mark Votruba

Department Chair, Economics
Associate Professor, Economics
Research Associate , Statistics Norway
Peter B. Lewis Building 275
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Mark Votruba, PhD, is associate professor and department chair in the Economics Department at the Weatherhead School of Management. He is holds research associate appointments in the Center for Healthcare Research and Policy at Metrohealth Medical Center and in the Shubert Center for Child Studies at CWRU.

Votruba’s research spans topics in labor economics, health economics and public finance. One stream of his research explores the implications of job loss for displaced workers, their families and their communities. Another stream investigates the impact of childhood exposures on later-life outcomes. In the area of health economics, Votruba’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of low-quality care in the US healthcare economy. His research appears in a diverse range of journals including THE AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW, REVIEW OF ECONOMIC STUDIES, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES, JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION, JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCES, DEMOGRAPHY, HEALTH AFFAIRS, SOCIAL SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, MEDICAL CARE, and the JOURNAL OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE. His published work on the importance of search frictions in health insurance markets was awarded the Arrow Award for Best Paper in Health Economics by the International Health Economics Association in 2012. His article “Organizational Economics and Physician Practices” was selected for inclusion in the recently published ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HEALTH ECONOMICS.

Votruba received by PhD in Economics from Princeton University in 2002. He also holds an MA in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago, as well as a BA in Mathematics from Centre College of Kentucky. Votruba instructs courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. In 2010, 2014, 2019 and 2020, he was nominated for the Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award. Votruba has served as academic director of the MSM-Healthcare program since its inception in 2014.

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


  • Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring nominee, CWRU. (2021).
  • Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award finalist, WSOM. (2020).
  • Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award finalist, WSOM. (2019).
  • Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award finalist, WSOM. (2014).
  • 20th Annual Arrow Award, International Health Economics Association. (2013).
  • Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award finalist, WSOM. (2010).