Research


Recruiting C-Suite Talent to North Carolina Growth Companies

March 01, 2017
Conference Proceeding

An influential group of private sector leaders, university administrators, and government officials gathered at the Raleigh Convention Center on March 1st to craft actionable strategies to help the Research Triangle region attract and retain “C-Suite” talent to emerging high-growth companies in North Carolina. More

Understanding Entrepreneurship: Facilitating Academic Research with a Shared Data Repository

February 10, 2017
White Paper

UNC’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and the Duke University Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) initiative have embarked on a joint initiative to build a data repository to facilitate empirical research in entrepreneurship. More

What’s Next, America?

January 25, 2017
Conference Proceeding • NCGrowth

On October 14, 2016, the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School hosted a conference titled What’s Next, America. Convened fewer than four weeks prior to the presidential election, the objective of the forum was to allow influential business leaders, academics and policy makers to examine issues critical to the U.S. economy now and in the future. The conference offered actionable solutions to the most important economic issues facing the next administration. More

Commercial Real Estate Data: Towards Parity with Other Asset Classes; A Report on the Progress of the Commercial Real Estate Data Alliance (CREDA)

January 05, 2017
White Paper • Institute for Private Capital

The availability of high quality and “clean” data documenting historical individual stock performance has had a profound impact on financial economics and the financial‐services industry. More

What Do Different Commercial Data Sets Tell Us About Private Equity Performance?

October 14, 2016
Working Paper • Institute for Private Capital

This paper examines private equity (both buyout and venture funds) performance around the globe using four data sets from leading commercial sources. For North American funds, our results echo recent research findings: buyout funds have outperformed public equities over long periods of time; in contrast, venture funds saw performance fall after spectacular results for vintages in the 1990s. For funds outside North America, buyout funds show performance similar to those in North America while venture fund performance is weaker than in North America. Venture samples outside North America are, however, relatively small and strong conclusions await further research. The similarity of performance estimates across the data sets strengthens confidence in conclusions about the results of private equity investing. More

Buyback Pricing of Durable Goods in Dual Distribution Channels

September 01, 2016
Working Paper

In the U.S. automobile industry, manufacturers distribute products to consumers through dealers and rental agencies. By selling slightly used rental cars to consumers, rental agencies can compete directly against dealers in the sales market. More

Do Private Equity Funds Manipulate Reported Returns?

August 01, 2016
Working Paper • Institute for Private Capital

Private equity funds hold assets that are hard to value. Managers may have an incentive to distort reported valuations if these are used by investors to decide on commitments to subsequent funds managed by the same firm. More

An Answer Set Programming Solution for Supply Chain Traceability

October 04, 2012
Conference Proceeding • Center for Digital Enterprise & Innovation

Developing measures to improve the traceability of contaminated food products across the supply chain is one of the key provisions of the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In the event of a recall, FSMA requires companies to provide information about their immediate suppliers and customers—what is referred to as “one step forward” and “one step backward” traceability. More

Six Disruptive Demographic Trends: What Census 2010 Will Reveal

January 15, 2011
White Paper • Urban Investment Strategies Center

In this report, we describe these emergent trends and discuss their implications for business, consumer markets, and the nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace via analyses of intercensal statistics and reviews of scholarly demographic research. More

A New Lease on Life: Institutions, External Financing, and Growth

July 01, 2010
Working Paper

This research utilizes data from the World Bank Investment Climate Survey to examine the use of external capital for almost 70,000 small and medium-sized firms in 103 developing and developed countries. More

Kerr Tar/C3E Hub Implementation: Target Cluster Definition and Facility Features

September 01, 2006
Center for Competitive Economies

In its original conception the Kerr Tar Hub was broadly envisioned as a tech-intensive, locally driven regional park potentially providing a wide variety of infrastructure and service offerings intended to attract and support the location of emergent firms from within selected RTRP targeted industries. More