Jakub P. Hlavka

jakub hlavka
Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in international affairs, Georgetown University; B.Sc. in international trade, University of Economics, Prague


Jakub Hlávka is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research addresses R&D investment by the public and private sector; the impacts of innovation in health care; and the theory and practice of national security. Since joining RAND, he has contributed to studies for NASA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, and other national and international clients.

In his dissertation, Hlávka studies innovative financing approaches for high-cost medical treatments like cell and gene therapies. He has also conducted a doctoral internship at Genentech where he assisted in R&D portfolio planning and has been a visiting fellow in health economics at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics.

Prior to joining RAND, Hlávka served in research and consulting roles at the Fraunhofer Society in Germany, at RAND Europe in the UK and Belgium, and at the Czech Government and the Ministry of Finance in Prague. He has worked on intellectual property regulation, defense and aerospace industry trade, 3D printing, fight against corruption and the regulation of capital markets.

Hlávka received a master's degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, specializing in international security and technology policy, and an undergraduate degree in international trade from the University of Economics in Prague. He has also joined the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Prague Security Studies Institute as a regulatory and security policy scholar. He is fluent in Czech, English, German and French.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Visiting Fellow in Health Economics, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics; Non-Resident Distinguished Fellow in Competitive Intelligence, Fraunhofer Society

Recent Projects

  • Assessing the Readiness of the U.S. Health Care System Infrastructure for an Alzheimer's Treatment
  • New Payment Approaches for Innovative Treatments
  • Sustainability of the U.S. Blood and Cord Blood Supply
  • Analysis of Frameworks for Evaluating Genomic Testing
  • Multinational Interoperability

Selected Publications

Jakub Hlávka, "Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Mode of Prediction. By Ivan Ascher," Science and Public Policy, 2017 (forthcoming)

Honors & Awards

  • Global Shaper, World Economic Forum
  • Leader of Tomorrow, St. Gallen Symposium
  • Young Leader 2017, Aspen Institute Central Europe


  • Cloud computing and lightning

    Strong Winds Ahead for Cloud Computing: Can Data Localization Threaten Future Growth?

    A growing number of constraints have been imposed around the world on information in the cloud, fueling concerns that the Internet, the economic engine of the information age, may become hopelessly fragmented.

    Apr 29, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • U.S. Marines receive a safety brief before they conduct live-fire drills during Trident Juncture 2015 in Almeria, Spain, October 27, 2015

    Building Interoperability for European Defense

    To make the most out of declining defense budgets, the U.S. needs to engage European forces to build interoperability that would enable joint operations to deter and defeat potential adversaries, even with little advance notice. But building interoperable units has often proved difficult even among the friendliest of nations.

    Nov 9, 2015 Defense News