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Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues


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Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues


In the below commentaries, institute experts analyze and respond to the most pressing economic and business news of the day. To speak with one of our authors, please contact External Affairs Associate Rob Knapp.


UNC Tax Center Research Director Jeff Hoopes discusses how the tax system figures into the debt ceiling standoff and why we probably won’t see any dramatic increases in taxes anytime soon.

Chief Economist Gerald Cohen discusses why the uncertainty caused by the debt ceiling crisis is bad for the economy - regardless of how the situation ends.

A recent meta-analysis from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Elad Sherf and co-authors examines the literature on "seeking behavior" at work – such as asking for information, feedback or help. Why does it matter and how can it be harnessed to the benefit of both employers and employees?

Chief Economist Gerald Cohen outlines three possible paths for the U.S. economy in coming months, as well as the indicators to keep an eye on.

Some are worrying about the future of commercial real estate because of recent falls in valuations. Our expert discusses the challenges facing CRE and how to disentangle the trends that are shaking up the sector.

The SVB collapse offers many lessons, but they are more about properly hedging against interest rate risk and the importance of timely intervention by regulators than the current state of the economy.

As generative AI tools embed themselves into everyday society, all of us are trying to understand their short- and long-term impact on organizations. The Technology Applications and Implications Model can help.

For some years now, environmental, social and governance investing has stormed the asset management industry with explosive growth. Tighter and increased oversight may finally bring it back down to earth.

A UNC Kenan-Flagler professor doesn’t foresee long-term effects from the failure of Silicon Valley Bank, given that other banks and financing companies can step in to replace SVB as an issuer of venture debt.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen explains why we're doubling down on our recessionary forecasts.

Recent infrastructure legislation offers an opportunity to focus on how new projects can increase wealth in communities with the greatest needs and minimize harm to the environment, all while supporting the broader economy.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Mark McNeilly discusses how ChatGPT and other AI tools will change the workplace - as well as how workers can best prepare themselves for these changes.