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Jörg L. Spenkuch

Associate Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

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Take 5: Yikes! When Unintended Consequences Strike

Good intentions don’t always mean good results. Here’s why humility, and a lot of monitoring, are so important when making big changes.

Researchers: Sunil Chopra, Jacopo Ponticelli, Anna Tuchman, Erika Deserranno and Jörg L. Spenkuch

May 16, 2023


How Experts Make Complex Decisions

By studying 200 million chess moves, researchers shed light on what gives players an advantage—and what trips them up.

Researchers: Yuval Salant and Jörg L. Spenkuch

November 1, 2022


Civil Servants Often Work for Administrations They Disagree with Politically. How Does This Affect Their Job Performance?

While the benefits of insulating career bureaucrats are clear, new research explores whether there are downsides, too.

Researchers: Jörg L. Spenkuch, Edoardo Teso and Guo Xu

“Know What People Say About You in the Company.”

Former DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman shares her advice on establishing credibility—in a crisis, and throughout your career.

Researchers: Ellen Kullman and Jörg L. Spenkuch

December 23, 2020


Podcast: To Lead Through a Crisis, You Need the “Straight, Unvarnished Truth”

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: Carbon’s Ellen Kullman, former CEO of DuPont, on having the right people around to hold up a mirror.

Researchers: Ellen Kullman and Jörg L. Spenkuch

December 23, 2020


How Did School Desegregation Shape the Political Ideology of White Students Later in Life?

A new study suggests that, more than four decades later, the impact of these policies on political leanings is apparent.

Researchers: Ethan Kaplan, Jörg L. Spenkuch and Cody Tuttle

September 1, 2020


Take 5: What You May Not Know about Advertising

Research reveals how ads can affect shopping behavior, elections, and even our health.

Researchers: Brett Gordon, Kent Grayson, Jörg L. Spenkuch and Amanda Starc

August 6, 2019

Politicians Vote Differently When Journalists Aren’t Watching

During natural disasters, the media spotlight shifts—and special interests benefit.

Researchers: Ethan Kaplan, Jörg L. Spenkuch and Haishan Yuan

January 3, 2019

Politics & Elections

Podcast: Two Surprising Ways to Predict How Supreme Court Justices Will Vote

Here’s what a half century of data can tell us.

Researchers: Jörg L. Spenkuch and Tonja Jacobi

December 10, 2018


Take 5: Election Rules and Campaign Tactics That Sway Voters

A look at whether celebrity endorsements matter, why the top spot on a ballot is coveted, and more election research from Kellogg faculty.

Researchers: Craig Garthwaite, Angela Y. Lee, Yuval Salant, Georgy Egorov and Jörg L. Spenkuch

October 30, 2018

Politics & Elections

Supreme Court Justices Become Less Impartial and More Ideological When Casting the Swing Vote

A new study suggests that justices may treat cases differently when given a chance to shape policy.

Researchers: Tom Clark, B. Pablo Montagnes and Jörg L. Spenkuch

September 13, 2018


Take 5: The Science of Back-to-School Season

Why sending your kid to the “best” school may backfire, and other education research from Kellogg faculty.

Researchers: Jörg L. Spenkuch, Michal Maimaran, Nicole Stephens and Nicola Bianchi

August 3, 2018

Social Impact

When Corporations Donate to Candidates, Are They Buying Influence?

The surprising result suggests the need to rethink the role of money in politics.

Researchers: Anthony Fowler, Haritz Garro and Jörg L. Spenkuch

September 5, 2017

Politics & Elections

Why Sending Your Kid to the Best Possible School May Backfire

Being surrounded by smarter peers can hurt test scores and incite disruptive behavior.

Researchers: Steve Cicala, Roland G. Fryer Jr. and Jörg L. Spenkuch

November 2, 2016

To Rally Your Base, Buy Air Time

How political advertising is a zero-sum game.

Researchers: Jörg L. Spenkuch and David Toniatti

January 4, 2016

Politics & Elections

Does Immigration Increase Crime?

Nationwide statistics suggest no impact on violent crime.

Researchers: Jörg L. Spenkuch

June 2, 2014


Statistics That Hurt

Racial discrimination still affects Black workers’ wages

Researchers: Roland G. Fryer Jr., Devah Pager and Jörg L. Spenkuch

January 8, 2014