Jorg Spenkuch
Jorg Spenkuch

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Print Overview

Professor 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 political mass communication, strategic behavior and 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., 2009, Economics, University of Chicago
B.A., 2007, Economics, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)
B.A., 2007, Business Administration, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Academic Positions
Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2014-present
Donald P. Jacobs Scholar, Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2013-2014

Honors and Awards
FEEM Award, European Economic Association

Print Research
Research Interests

Political Economy and Applied Microeconomics

Becker, Gary S, Kevin M. Murphy and Jorg Spenkuch. 2016. The Manipulation of Children's Preferences, Old Age Support, and Investment in Children's Human Capital. Journal of Labor Economics. 34(2): S3-S30.
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2015. Please Don't Vote for Me: Voting in a Natural Experiment with Perverse Incentives. Economic Journal. 125(585): 1025-1052.
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2014. Understanding the Impact of Immigration on Crime. American Law and Economics Review. 16(1): 177-219.
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.
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2012. Moral Hazard and Selection Among the Poor: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment. Journal of Health Economics. 31(1): 72-85.
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.
Working Papers
Spenkuch, Jorg and David Toniatti. 2015. Political Advertising and Election Outcomes.
Becker, Gary S, Kevin M. Murphy, Scott Kominers and Jorg Spenkuch. 2015. A Theory of Intergenerational Mobility.
Spenkuch, Jorg, Pablo Montagnes and Daniel Magleby. 2015. Backward Induction in the Wild: Evidence from the U.S. Senate.
Spenkuch, Jorg and P. Tillman. 2016. Special Interests at the Ballot Box? Religion and the Electoral Success of the Nazis.
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2014. (Ir)rational Voters?.
Cicala, Steve, Roland G. Fryer Jr. and Jorg Spenkuch. 2015. Comparative Advantage in Social Interactions.
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2011. The Protestant Ethic and Work: Micro Evidence from Contemporary Germany.
Book Chapters
Spenkuch, Jorg. 2015. "Intergenerational Mobility and Income Inequality." In Inequality and Economic Policy: Essays in Honor of Gary Becker, edited by Tom Church, Chris Miller, and John B. Taylor, Stanford, CA: Hoover Press.

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Leadership and Crisis Management (KPPI-440-5)
This course was formerly known as KPPI 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.