Mark Votruba

Department Chair
Department of Economics
Weatherhead School of Management
Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Weatherhead School of Management
Research Associate
Statistics Norway

Mark Votruba, PhD, is an associate professor with positions in the Economics Department in the Weatherhead School of Management and in the Center for Healthcare Research and Policy in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Votruba holds additional appointments as a research associate at Statistics Norway and as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Stavanger in Norway. He is also a faculty associate at the Shubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

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, Social Science and Medicine, Medical Care, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 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 and 2014, he was nominated for the Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award for his efforts in Health Care Economics and Public Finance. His graduate courses in Health Economics and Strategy serve the MSM-Healthcare program and the Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead Executive MBA program. Votruba has served as academic director of the MSM-Healthcare program since its inception in 2014. He was named faculty director of Weatherhead School of Management Graduate Health Programs in 2015. Votruba is also a frequent contributor to the Fundamental of Clinical Medicine courses in the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College.

Initially Appointed: 2002

Curriculum Vita

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Health economics
  • Public economics
  • Labor economics

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Courses Taught

Health Economics and Strategy
Health Care Economics

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Health economics: allocation of medical resources, incentives for care, insurance markets
  • Public economics: social program participation, social interactions effects

Awards and Honors

Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring nominee
Case Western Reserve University
Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award finalist
Weatherhead School of Management
Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award finalist
Weatherhead School of Management
Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award finalist
Weatherhead School of Management
20th Annual Arrow Award
International Health Economics Association
Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award finalist
Weatherhead School of Management



Princeton University
Master of Arts
Princeton University
Master of Arts
University of Chicago
Bachelor of Science
Centre College of Kentucky