Alena Bičáková


Contact Details:

Politickych veznu 7

111 21 Prague 1

Czech Republic

Phone: + 420 224 005 200

Fax:    + 420 224 005 333




Research Interests


Publications and Working Papers

Work in Progress

Curriculum Vitae



Alena Bičáková is a Researcher at the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences at CERGE-EI in Prague. She joined CERGE-EI in October 2007. Before she was working as a Research Fellow at the Finance and Consumption Programme at the European University Institute (2005-2007). Her Ph.D. project, pursued at the Johns Hopkins University and defended in Fall 2005, focused "On the Distribution of Earnings and Labor Force Status: The Case of France, the UK and the US at the End of the 20th Century". Her previous work includes research on the effect of minimum wage on welfare recipiency, the effect of welfare benefits on family structure, the impact of wage flexibility on the distribution of non-employed between unemployment and inactivity and adverse selection and moral hazard in consumer credit market.


Research Interests




  • Labor supply and labor force status classification (unemployment versus inactivity)
  • Labor market institutions, wage rigidity, and the trade-off hypothesis
  • Adverse selection and moral hazard in consumer credit markets
  • Self-control and consumer credit counseling
  • Household portfolios inequality and access to credit






  • Labor Economics (PhD course)





Bicakova, A. (2017) “A Note on Selection and Gender Unemployment Gaps”, Journal of Labor Research 38 (4) 428-438.


Bicakova, A. (2016) “Gender Unemployment Gaps: Blame the Family,  IZA Journal of European Labor Studies (5) 22 1-31.


Bicakova, A. and Kaliskova, K. (2016) “Výskyt a vznik nezaměstnanosti u žen s předškolními dětmi: případ České republiky” (Occurrence and Rise of Unemployment of Women with Pre-School Children: the Case of the Czech Republic), Politická ekonomie, 64(6) 695-712.


Bicakova, A. and Jurajda, S. (2015) “Gender composition of college graduates by field of study and early fertility”, Review of Economics of the Household, 15 (4) 1323-1342.


Bicakova, A. (2014) “The Trade-off between Unemployment and Wage Inequality Revisited”, Oxford Economic Papers, 66 (4) 891-915


Bicakova, A., Slacalek, J. and Slavik, M. (2011) “Labor Supply after Transition: Evidence from the Czech Republic,” Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a úvěr), 61(4) 327-347.


Bicakova, A. (2008) “Unemployment vs. inactivity: Why do we care about one but not the other?” in Schweiger , G. and Sedmak, C., eds. Perspectives on Work: Problems, Insights, Challenges, LIT publisher group, Münster-Hamburg-London.


Bicakova, A. (2007) "Does the Good Matter? Evidence on Moral Hazard and Adverse Selection from Consumer Credit Market,"

Italian Economic Journal (formerly: Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), vol. 66, pp. 29–66. (Issue edited by T. Jappelli  and G. Weber.)


Bicakova, A. (2001) "The Concept of Knowledge in Economics and the New Economics of Science", Věda, technika a společnost (Prague), 10 (23) 69-88.





Reports, Policy Briefs, Media Appearances


The low-skilled in the Czech Republic, IDEA studie 3/2018 (with Klára Kalíšková)


Impact of Selected Labor Market Reforms on Inequality 2015-2016  Country Report


Vrána k vráně sedá aneb důležitost oboru studia při výběru partnera, IDEA studie 7/2017 (with Š. Jurajda and L. Zapletalová)


About Field-of-Study Homogamy paper (with Štěpán Jurajda) on, in Universitas, Týden, Globe24, Eurozprávy


Od mateřství k nezaměstnanosti: Postavení žen s malými dětmi na trhu práce, IDEA studie 10/2015 (with Klára Kalíšková)


Citace článku Gender Unemployment Gaps: Evidence from the New EU Member States.



Working Papers



“Caught in the Cycle: Economic Conditions at Enrollment and Labor Market Outcomes of College Graduates”, 2018.

Working Paper series 18-32, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (joint with Matias Cortes and Jacopo Mazza)

[also as a WP in CERGE-EI Working Paper Series  No. 622]


“Career Breaks after Childbirth: The Impact of Family Leave Reforms in the Czech Republic”, 2016. IZA Discussion Papers 10149, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) (joint with Klára Kalíšková)

[also as a WP in CERGE-EI Working Paper Series  No. 568]


“Field-of-Study Homogamy”, 2016. IZA Discussion Papers 9844, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) (joint with Štěpán Jurajda)

[also as a WP in CERGE-EI Working Paper Series  No. 561] See the latest version.


“Selection into Labor Force and Gender Unemployment Gaps”, 2014. CERGE-EI Working Paper Series wp513.


“The Quiet Revolution and the Family: Gender Composition of Tertiary Education and Early Fertility Patterns”, 2014. IZA Discussion Paper 7965, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). (joint with Štěpán Jurajda)


“Gender Unemployment Gaps in the EU: Blame the Family”, 2012. CERGE-EI Working Paper Series wp475.


“Who Borrows and Who May Not Repay?”, Working Papers 2010/10, Czech National Bank, Research Department (joint with Zuzana Prelcová and Renata Pašaličová)

[also as a WP in CERGE-EI Working Paper Series wp443]


"Self-control and debt: evidence from data on credit counselling", 2010. Economics Series Working Papers 504, University of Oxford.(joint with Nur Ata Nurcan)


“Gender Unemployment Gaps: Evidence from the New EU Member States”, 2010. CERGE-EI Working Paper Series wp410.


“Mortgage Market Maturity and Homeownership Inequality among Young Households : A Five-Country Perspective”, 2008.

SOEPpapers No. 90/2008, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel. (joint with E. Sierminska).


”Market vs. Institutions: The Trade-off Between Unemployment and Wage Inequality Revisited”, 2006.

Economics Working Papers ECO 2006/31, European University Institute.


"Fiscal Implications of Personal Tax Adjustments in the Czech Republic", 2006.

Working Papers 2006/6, Czech National Bank, Research Department. (joint with Jiří Slačálek and Michal Slavík)


"Unemployment Versus Inactivity: An Analysis of the Earnings and Labor Force Status of Prime Age Men in France, the UK, and the US at the End of the 20th Century", 2005. Luxembourg Income Study Working Paper No. 412.


"The Effects of Higher Minimum Wages on Welfare Recipiency: Another Look", 2003. Joint Center for Poverty Research WP No. 328.

(joint with M.D. Turner)



Work in Progress



“Does Longer Maternal Childcare Improve Children's Future Outcomes? The Impact of a Four-year Paid Parental Leave”

 (with Klára Kalíšková)


“Do Women Face Less Jobs and Lower Pay, or Is There a Trade-off? Evidence on Gender Gaps in the European Labor Markets”


“Self-Control and Debt: Evidence from Data on Credit Counselling” (joint with Nur Ata)


"Effect of Welfare Benefits on Family Structure: The Jackson-Klerman Study" (joint with Robert Moffitt, draft 2003)