Policy & the Economy
June 3, 2019
One Nation Invades Another. What Will Happen Next?
Game theory reveals why some conflicts escalate and others don’t.
Sandeep Baliga and Tomas Sjöström
January 17, 2019
Which Gold Medalists Do We Tweet About? Liberals and Conservatives Differ
New research explores how political ideology can affect whose accomplishments we celebrate.
Nour Kteily, Matthew D. Rocklage, Kaylene McClanahan and Arnold K. Ho
January 7, 2019
Which Voters Want to Expand Medicaid? Maybe Not the Ones You Think
4-year degree-holders tend to be big supporters—even though they are personally unlikely to benefit.
David A. Matsa and Amalia R. Miller
January 3, 2019
Politicians Vote Differently When Journalists Aren’t Watching
During natural disasters, the media spotlight shifts—and special interests benefit.
Ethan Kaplan, Jörg L. Spenkuch and Haishan Yuan
October 30, 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.
Craig Garthwaite, Angela Y. Lee, Yuval Salant, Georgy Egorov and Jörg L. Spenkuch
September 4, 2018
Why Economic Crises Trigger Political Turnover in Some Countries but Not Others
The fallout can hinge on how much a country’s people trust each other.
Nancy Qian, Nathan Nunn and Jaya Wen
August 2, 2018
Why a Choice Doesn’t Feel Like a Choice When Morality Enters the Picture
A new study explains why heroes always say, “I just did what anybody would do.”
Maryam Kouchaki, Isaac Smith and Krishna Savani
June 7, 2018
Why Certain Types of Elections Favor Extreme Candidates
Winners can differ when voting is done by district versus at-large.
Andrew Beath, Fotini Christia, Georgy Egorov and Ruben Enikolopov
September 5, 2017
When Corporations Donate to Candidates, Are They Buying Influence?
The surprising result suggests the need to rethink the role of money in politics.
Anthony Fowler, Haritz Garro and Jörg L. Spenkuch
May 6, 2016
Abandoning the Electoral College Would Remake Campaign Spending
A direct-vote system could have a sizeable impact on the behaviors of voters and candidates.
Brett Gordon and Wesley Hartmann
January 4, 2016
To Rally Your Base, Buy Air Time
How political advertising is a zero-sum game.
Jörg L. Spenkuch and David Toniatti
May 5, 2014
Happy Voters or Happy Outcomes?
In corporations, academia, and the papal conclave, transparent voting and voter privacy interact in surprisingly complex ways.
September 4, 2012
Braggarts Become Leaders
Women at a disadvantage when competing for leadership positions
Ernesto Reuben, Pedro Rey-Biel, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales
April 2, 2012
The Oprah Effect
Celebrity endorsement of political candidates can make a difference at the polls.
Craig Garthwaite and Timothy Moore
November 1, 2010
A Populist Paradox
Populist policies may harm voters but reward leaders
Daron Acemoglu, Georgy Egorov and Konstantin Sonin
October 1, 2010
First Among Equals?
Prime ballot position improves a candidate’s chances of winning office.
Marc Meredith and Yuval Salant
May 1, 2009
The "Teddy Bear Effect" for Black CEOs
Black male CEOS are more successful when their facial features are perceived as less threatening.
Robert W. Livingston and Nicholas Pearce
April 18, 2007
Group design influences the information that members share, says David Austen-Smith, who is identifying incentives to speak the truth
David Austen-Smith and Timothy Feddersen
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