Jorg Spenkuch
Jorg Spenkuch

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Print Overview

Jörg Spenkuch joined the Kellogg faculty in 2013 after receiving his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. His research interests include political economy, labor economics, and applied microeconomics more generally. He is currently working on issues related to strategic voting, learning in non-market environments, and on the interaction between religion and political extremism.

Areas of Expertise
Political Economy/Design
Voting Systems
Print Vita
Ph.D., 2013, Economics, University of Chicago
M.A., 2008-2009, Economics, University of Chicago
B.A., 2004-2007, Business Administration, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)
B.A., 2004-2007, Economics, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Academic Positions
Donald P. Jacobs Scholar, Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Conference Presentations
Princeton Conference on Political Economy
Gaming and Learning in Incentive Systems Conference
AEA Meetings
North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society
Calvo-Armengol Prize Workshop
RGS Doctoral Conference

Print Research
Research Interests
Applied Microeconomics and Political Economics.

Fryer, Roland G., Devah Pager and Jorg Spenkuch. 2013. Racial Disparities in Job Finding and Offered Wages. Journal of Law and Economics. 56(3): 633-689.
Fryer, Roland G., Lisa Kahn, Steven D. Levitt and Jorg Spenkuch. 2012. The Plight of Mixed-Race Adolescents. Review of Economics and Statistics. 94(3): 621-634.
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2012. Moral Hazard and Selection Among the Poor: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment. Journal of Health Economics. 31(1): 72-85.
Working Papers
Becker, Gary S., Kevin M. Murphy and Jorg Spenkuch. 2014. The Manipulation of Children's Preferences, Old Age Support, and Investment in Children's Human Capital.
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2014. On the Extent of Strategic Voting.
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2012. Please Don't Vote for Me: Strategic Voting in a Natural Experiment with Perverse Incentives.
Cicala, Steve, Roland G. Fryer and Jorg Spenkuch. 2011. A Roy Model of Social Interactions.
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2011. The Protestant Ethic and Work: Micro Evidence from Contemporary Germany.
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2011. Understanding the Impact of Immigration on Crime.

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Leadership and Crisis Management (KPPI-440-A)

This course counts toward the following majors: Social Enterprise

Formerly SEEK-440-A

In recent decades corporations have increasingly become the dominant source for political and social change. Increased globalization and technological progress have further accelerated this process. Businesses are now held accountable by standards other than legal compliance or financial performance. Successful business leaders have recognized that these challenges are best mastered by a commitment to values-based management. However, simply "doing the right thing" is not enough. Rather, companies increasingly find themselves as targets of aggressive legal action, media coverage and social pressure. Organizations must be prepared to handle rapidly changing environments and anticipate potential threats. This requires a deep understanding of the strategic complexities in managing various stakeholders and constituencies. To confront students with these challenges in a realistic fashion, the class is structured around a rich set of challenging case studies and crisis simulation exercises.