Tomáš Kučera MSc.


Akademická funkce: Ph.D. Candidate
Odborné zaměření: Behavioural Economics, Labour Economics, Minimum Wage Policy
Členství: Doktorandi, Katedra makroekonomie a ekonometrie


Konzultační hodiny: po dohodě

Další informace


JEB026 - European Economic Integration

PhD studium

Školitel: Mgr. Barbara Pertold-Gebicka M.A., Ph.D.

Rok začátku PhD studia: 2019
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Vědecká práce:
Analysis of real wages development by income deciles in the Czech Republic since 2012-2020

Disertační téma:
The "Nudge" Potential of Minimum Wage

Disertační teze:
The aim of my research is to evaluate the minimum wage's potential to "nudge" the economy towards higher efficacy. As the existing literature on the impact of
minimum wage (MW) on employment, profitability, capital investments is rather extensive (Dickens, Machin & Manning, 1999; Abowd et al., 2000; Stewart, 2002;
Harasztosi & Lindner, 2017), this research aims to synthesize these findings and, perhaps more importantly, to provide an economic justification (apart from the
political one) for such policy measure. Behind the idea of nudging, there is an implicit assumption of an economy being in a suboptimal state. However controversial
that might seem (especially to a neoclassical economist), there are many reasons to assume so – rigidities, imperfect information, irrational decision-making,
imperfect job mobility, etc.
The work will be spread out into three parts. The first part will focus on the impact of minimum wage on employees. This would include analyzing employment
effect, its size, and potential heterogeneity across socio-economic groups, industries and regions. Specific attention would be paid to whether there are specific groups
that can be significantly affected by the minimum wage and thus should be always taken into account in the policy-making process. This will be investigated through
a meta-regression analysis of the existing research. Since meta-regression uses the results of existing studies as its inputs, data will be collected through an extensive
literature search. It is essential that such a search is as consistent as possible. Thus, search criteria will be defined at the outset to clearly indicate what literature can be
included. The literature search will be done through ECONLIT, RePEc and other relevant databases.
The second part will focus on the impact of minimum wage on companies, namely on profits, prices, and investments in capital. The aim would be to investigate the
potential of minimum wages to increase productivity and to analyze who ultimately pays for minimum wage. As in the first part, meta-regression will also be
deployed. However, this part will be supplemented by primary research, if suitable data are available.
In the last part, the results will be synthesized and supplemented by theoretical analysis. This analysis will elaborate on economic arguments for the introduction of a
minimum wage, which often arise from the latest findings of behavioral economics in particular. The aim will be to examine whether the minimum wage could be
reasonably justified as a regulatory 'nudge'. The conclusion should summarize practical knowledge and implications for economic policymakers

Volitelné předměty (absolvované):



MSc in Economic Policy, University College London

Odborná praxe

LINET Group - Marketing and business analyst (05/2020 - present)
BHM Group (Private equity fund) - Investment Manager (3/2019 - 4/2020)
Boston Consulting Group - Visiting Associate (10/2018 - 2/2019)
European Parliament - Policy Analyst for Luděk Niedermayer (4/2017 - 5/2017)

Veřejné aktivity

Research assistant to a project analysing the impact of management board of banks on risk-taking


Čestné uznání prezidenta ČSE za vynikající práci (Mladý ekonom roku) - 2018 - za bakalářskou práci "Cognitive Bias Mitigation: How to make decision-making more rational?"
2. místo v Soutěži o cenu děkana NF VŠE - 2018
Ocenění Excelentní studentské odborné práce (VŠE v Praze) - 2017

Nabídka témat závěrečných prací

Bakalářské práce

Social Bridges and Economic Growth
Importance of Social Networks
Behavioural economics and cognitive biases

Diplomové práce

Social Bridges and Economic Growth
Importance of Social Networks
Behavioural economics and cognitive biases

Ke stažení

Diplomová práce - Are employment effects of minimum wage the same across the EU? A Meta-regression analysis
Oceněná bakalářská práce - Cognitive Bias Mitigation


Česká Spořitelna


Patria Finance