Assoc. Prof. Svatopluk Kapounek, Ph.D.

Mendel University in Brno
Faculty of Business and Economics

I am senior researcher and lecturer in the field of financial econometrics, international investment management, international finance and monetary economics. Additionally, I serve as the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics (PEF MENDELU) and the Program Director of Finance and Investment Management at the Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic (FIM). I am also Editor of the European Journal of Business Science and Technology (EJOBSAT) and former president of the Czech Economic Society (CES).

My research focuses on policy and uncertainty modelling including decision making processes employing Frequentist and Bayesian frameworks, especially:

  • financial system vulnerability, regulatory mechanisms and monetary policy efficiency in the heterogeneous Europe, financial cycle dating and co-movement identification in time, frequency and time-frequency domain;
  • firm access to finance, firm-bank relationships, crowdfunding, ownership structures and its consequences;
  • financial asset pricing and forecasting with respect to anomalies explained by expectations, sentiment, behavioural (in)attention and portfolio optimization.

In my leasure time, I deal with analyses of research activity assessment with respect to San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Professional Path

since 2023

Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University in Brno


2022 – 2023

Vice Rector for Research, Mendel University in Brno


2021 – 2023

Head of the Department of Finance, Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics


2020 – 2022

President of the Czech Economic Society

The Czech Economic Society

2017 – 2018

Research fellow at the National Bank of Slovakia

2015 – 2023

MENDEL FinHub, head of the research group (& founder)

Mendel FinHub

since 2015

Editor in Chief (& founder), European Journal of Business Science and Technology


2014 – 2022

Vice-dean of Research, Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics


since 2014

Co-Editor, Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis


since 2012

Graduate Program Director, Finance and Investment Management


since 2010

Associated Professor at the Department of Finance, Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics

Department of Finance

2007 – 2014

Researcher at the Research Centre, Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics

2007 – 2010

Assistant Lecturer, Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics

1997 – 2015

Co-Owner and CEO of the PARKHOTEL Brno




Habilitation: Finance


Ph.D.: Finance


Ing.: Finance

Computer Skills

Matlab, Stata, Python, LaTeX and others I need for my research activities


English (advanced), German (basic), French (basic), Czech (mother tongue)

Selected Publications

Selected Work in Progress

  • FERRIS, S. P., HANOUSEK, J., HANOUSEK, J., KAPOUNEK, S. The Unloved Stepchild: Why Some Firms Are Allowed to Die in a Business Group. Submitted in Journal of Corporate Finance, IF=5.107. (download pdf)
  • HORVÁTH, R., KAPOUNEK, S. Financial Market Uncertainty in the US: Measurement, Trends, and Effects. Revise & Resubmit in Journal of Banking & Finance, IF=3.539. (download pdf)
  • KAPOUNEK, S., KOČENDA, E., KOUBA, L. Financial Impact of Trust and Institutional Quality Around the World. Revise & Resubmit in Journal of Financial Services Research, IF=1.491.(download pdf)
  • KAPOUNEK, S., KUČEROVÁ, Z. 2019. Overfunding and Signaling Effects of Herding Behavior in Crowdfunding, CESifo Working Paper Series 7973, CESifo. (download pdf)

Selected Journal Articles (published and forthcoming)

  • KUČEROVÁ, Z., KAPOUNEK, S., FIDRMUC, J. 2023.Time–Frequency Analysis of Cryptocurrency Attention. Forthcoming in Investment Analyst Journal, IF=0.925. (download pdf)
  • KAPOUNEK, S., KUČEROVÁ, Z., KOČENDA, E. 2022. Selective Attention in Exchange Rate Forecasting. Journal of Behavioral Finance, 23(2), 210–229, IF=1.647 (download pdf)
  • ALBRECHT, P., KAPOUNEK, S., KUČEROVÁ, Z. 2022. Economic Policy Uncertainty and Stock Markets Co-movements. Forthcoming in International Journal of Finance and Economics, IF=3.070 (download pdf)
  • KAPOUNEK, S., HANOUSEK, J., BÍLÝ, F. 2022. Predictive Ability of Altman Z-score of European Private Companies. Politicka Ekonomie, 2022(3), 265-287, IF=0.319 (download pdf)
  • DIBOOGLU, S., KAPOUNEK, S. 2021. The US Current Account, Sustainability, and the International Monetary System. Economic Systems, 45(4), IF=3.208 (download pdf)
  • BAKOVÁ, K., KAPOUNEK, S. 2020. Asymmetric Effects of Firm Investment Determinants: Evidence from Post-transformation Economies. Finance a úvěr-Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, 70(4), 373–384, IF=0.625 (download pdf)
  • FIDRMUC, J., KAPOUNEK, S. 2020. Risks and Financial Vulnerability of Foreign Bank Ownership in CEECs: Evidence from Exchange Rate Depreciation after the Financial Crisis. Eastern European Economics, 58(1), 34–48, IF=1.080 (download pdf)
  • FIDRMUC, J., KAPOUNEK, S., JUNGE, F. 2020. Cryptocurrency Market Efficiency: Evidence from Wavelet Analysis. Finance a úvěr-Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, 70(2), 121–144, IF=0.625 (download pdf)
  • KAPOUNEK, S., KUČEROVÁ, Z. 2019. Historical Decoupling in the EU: Evidence from Time-Frequency Analysis. International Review of Economics and Finance, 60, 265–280, IF=1.318 (download pdf)
  • DELTUVAITÉ V., KAPOUNEK, S., KORÁB, P. 2019. Households’ Saving Behaviour in Reaction to the External Macroeconomic Shocks and Behavioral Attention. Prague Economic Papers: Quarterly Journal of Economic Theory and Policy, 28(2), 155–177, IF=0.825 (download pdf)
  • KAPOUNEK, S., KUČEROVÁ, Z., FIDRMUC, J. 2017. Lending Conditions in EU: The Role of Credit Demand and Supply. Economic Modelling, 67, 285–293, IF=1.463. (download pdf)
  • KAPOUNEK, S. 2017. The Impact of Institutional Quality on Bank Lending Activity: Evidence from Bayesian Model Averaging. Finance a úvěr-Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, 67(5), 372–395, IF=0.604 (download pdf)
  • FIDRMUC, J., KAPOUNEK, S., SIDDIQUI, M. 2017. Which Institutions are Important for Firms Performance? Evidence from Bayesian Model Averaging Analysis. Panoeconomicus, 64(4), 383–400, IF=0.444 (download pdf)
  • KAPOUNEK, S., KAŠPAROVSKÁ, V. 2016. Dynamic Provisioning as an Automatic Stabilizer of the Financial Instability. Society and Economy, 38(3), 341–358 (download pdf)
  • FIALA, V., KAPOUNEK, S., VESELÝ, O. 2015. Impact of Social Media on the Stock Market: Evidence from Tweets. European Journal of Business Science and Technology, 1(1), 24–35 (download pdf)
  • MARŠÁLEK, R., POMĚNKOVÁ, J., KAPOUNEK, S. 2014. A Wavelet-Based Approach to Filter Out Symmetric Macroeconomic Shocks. Computational Economics, 44(4), 477–488, IF=0.691 (download pdf)
  • POMĚNKOVÁ, J., KAPOUNEK, S., MARŠÁLEK, R. 2014. Variability of Dynamic Correlation – the Evidence of Sectoral Specialization in V4 Countries. Prague Economic Papers: Quarterly Journal of Economic Theory and Policy, 3, 371–387, IF=0.825 (download pdf)
  • KAPOUNEK, S., POMĚNKOVÁ, J. 2013. The endogeneity of optimum currency area criteria in the context of financial crisis: Evidence from the time-frequency domain analysis. Agric. Econ. – Czech, 59, 389–395, IF=0.482 (download pdf)
  • KAPOUNEK, S., LACINA, L. 2011. Inflation Perceptions and Anticipations in the Old Eurozone Member States. Prague Economic Papers: Quarterly Journal of Economic Theory and Policy, 2, 120–139, IF=0.825 (download pdf)
  • POMĚNKOVÁ, J., KAPOUNEK, S. 2009. Interest Rates and Prices Causality in the Czech Republic – Granger Approach. Agric. Econ. – Czech, 7(55), 347–356, IF=0.482 (download pdf)


Full List of Publications (pdf)

Research Projects

2023 – 2025

Corporate social behavior and responses to CSR policies, institutions, and economic distress, coordinator, Czech Science Foundation, reg. number: 23-07983S

2022 – 2024

New Methods in Pricing Government Debt: Uncertainty and Policy Implications, team member, Czech Science Foundation, reg. number: 22-34451S

2020 – 2022

Financial Markets Uncertainty: Measurement, Effects and Policy Implications, team member, Czech Science Foundation, reg. number: 20-17044S


Visegrad Group Partnership of Economic Associations, coordinator, Visegrad Fund, reg. number: 21830359

2019 – 2021

Interactions between the financial sector and the real economy, coordinator, Czech Science Foundation, reg. number: 19-22488S

2018 – 2022

Reassessment of the Optimal Currency Area theory in the persistently heterogeneous European Union, European Social Fund under a grant agreement with the Research Council of Lithuania (LMTLT), coordinator, reg. number 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-01-123

2018 – 2019

SQTrader – asset optimization methods development, team member, Ministry of Industry and Trade, reg. number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/16_084/0010365.

2017 – 2019

Comparative Study of Crowdfunding Projects: Business Decision-Making Process, Risks and Regulation, team member, Czech Science Foundation, reg. number: 17-25924S

2016 – 2018

Sentiment and its Impact on Stock Markets, coordinator, Czech Science Foundation, reg. number: 16-26353S

2015 – 2018

Cross-Border Contagion Risk: Threats and Implications for the Central and Eastern European Countries, team member, the Research Council of Lithuania, reg. number: MIP-15031

2014 – 2016

Financial Crisis, Depreciation and Credit Crunch in CEECs, coordinator, Czech Science Foundation, reg. number: 14-28848S

2012 – 2014

CEE Banking sector stability after the reform of the European financial supervision, coordinator, Jean Monnet Multilateral Research Group, reg. number: 530069-LLP-1-2012-1-CZ-AJM-RE

2011 – 2012

Time-frequency approach for the Czech Republic business cycle dating, team member, Czech Science Foundation, reg. number: 402/11/0570

2007 – 2008

Study of the impact of Euro on the Czech Economy, team member, Czech Ministry of Finance


Financial Data Analysis (for MSc. students, since 2020)

Economic intuition of data transformation, capital market data processing and testing, financial time series modeling and forecasting, volatility, risk and uncertainty measuring, behavioral indicators, big data analyses in financial statements, market disequilibrium, policy impact identification

Theory of Finance (for Ph.D. students, since 2017)

Theory of dynamic asset pricing, Financial market volatility, Risk measurement and forecasting, Portfolio optimization employing DCC, Theory of behavioural finance, Asymmetric information and herding behaviour, Rational Expectation theory, Theory of rational (in)attention

Capital Markets (for MSc. students, since 2014)

Fundamental analysis of stocks, Technical analysis of stocks, Bond specifics and bond yield curve estimations, Derivatives – advanced level, Structured products, Credit derivatives, Options for fundraising in the capital markets, Commodities, Real estates, Private equity, Crowdfunding, ETF, Hedge funds

International Finance (for MSc. students, since 2013)

Currency markets, capital flows and exchange rate systems, Balance of payments and basic fundamental analysis of exchange rate, Parity conditions and International Fisher Effect, Monetary approach to exchange rate determination, debt-adjusted real exchange rate, Dornbusch’s overshooting model, portfolio rebalancing, rational expectations and risk premium, Exchange rate forecasting employing technical analysis and ARMA processes, Foreign exchange risk management applying operational techniques and derivatives (forwards, options and swaps)

Portfolio Management (for MSc. students, 2014–2021)

Portfolio risk management, Stockpicking strategies, Modern portfolio theory, International asset pricing models (CAPM, ICAPM, APT, IAPT), Value at Risk, Alternative assets and strategies, Portfolio performance evaluation, Ethics at the financial markets,


Financial Economics and Econometrics (circle for talented MSc. students and Ph.D. students), Econometrics, Public Finance, Methodology of Science, Theory of Monetary Integration, Monetary Policy and Central Banking, Financial Markets, Alternative Investments, Regulation of Financial Markets

Invited Lectures and Keynote Speeches

Keynote speech: MEME stocks and market anomalies

FinTech Roadmap, CTIT, Brno, Czech Republic, April 22, 2022

Invited presentation: Business Group Effects in the Creation and Resolution of Financial Distress

Workshop at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Vienna, Austria, April 20, 2022

Roundtable debate: Inflation, Monetary Policy and the Czech economy

Czech echonomic society, Prague, Czech Republic, March 21, 2022

Roundtable debate: Recovery from the COVID-19 Recession in Visegrad Countries

International Final of the Economics Olympiad, Budapest, Hungary, November 19, 2020

Keynote speech: Impact of the Euro on Trade in a Heterogeneous EU

International conference on Economic and Social Challenges in the EU, Čeladná, Czech Republic, September 3, 2019

Invited presentation: Cryptocurrency Market Efficiency: Evidence from Time-Frequency Analysis

Economic Forum, Košice, Slovakia, June 20, 2019

Keynote speech: Herding Behaviour and Information Asymmetries in Crowdfunding

5th Doctoral Symposium, Brunel University London, United Kingdom, May 1, 2019

Invited presentation: Implied Volatility Modelling and Portfolio Optimization, Alternative Investments, Efficient Market Hypothesis testing using Wavelet Analysis

University of Florence, Italy, November 8–9, 2018

Invited presentation: Alternative Investments and Portfolio Optimization

Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany, February 23–May 5, 2018

Invited presentation: Applied research challenges and opportunities

Vilnius University, Lithuania, January 3, 2018

Invited presentation: Impact of euro adoption on export in heterogeneous Europe

Internal workshop of the National Bank of Slovakia, December 21, 2017

Keynote speech: Bayesian model averaging in meta-analysis

MAER-Net Colloquium 2017, Friedrichshafen, Germany, October 12-14, 2017

Keynote speech: Depreciation, Liquidity Shocks and Credit Crunch in CEECs

Workshop on Crisis, Economic Governance and Macroeconomic Stability in CEEC, Iasi, Romania, April 18–20, 2013

Keynote speech: Financial Econometrics – Problems and Challenges

Conference Metamorphosis of Europe: Simulations of a new Global Political Economy?, Vienna, Austria, December 12–13, 2013

Other experiences


Panel Data for Banking Sector Analysts, Jeffrey Wooldridge, Florence School of Banking, Italy


Bayesian Methods for DSGE models, Kristoffer Nimark, Summer School, Barcelona, Spain


Time-Series Methods for Financial Time Series, Christian Brownlees, Summer School, Barcelona, Spain


Monetary Policy: An Imperfect Knowledge Perspective, Bruce Preston, Euro Area Business Cycle Network Training School, Mannheim, Gemany


Advanced Bayesian Time Series Methods, Dimitris Korobilis, Summer School, Barcelona, Spain


Introductory Bayesian Time Series Methods, Gary Koop, Summer School, Barcelona, Spain


University of Missouri, USA, Sel Dibooglu, Research Visit


Treatment Effects and Panel Data Estimation, Jeff Wooldridge, Summer School, University of Rethymno, Greece


DSGE model estimation in Dynare, DSGE-net Summer School, Paris, France


Economic Growth and Empirics, Steven N. Durlauf, Summer School, Rethymno, Greece