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COVID-19 Resources

For more than 30 years, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise has worked to leverage the private sector for the public good. At no time in our history has this mission been more relevant or vital than today. Through press briefings, webinars, op-eds and more, our experts are strengthening our commitment to share academically rigorous and sound research with the public on the business and economic ramifications of COVID-19. Please find a collection of these resources below. If there’s something you’d like added that isn’t here, or if you’d like to be connected with one of our experts, please contact Kenan Institute External Affairs Director MacKenzie Babb.


Data Dashboard: Reopening Amid COVID-19

The Kenan Institute and the North Carolina CEO Leadership Forum have developed a new dashboard that aggregates real-time, non-standard economic and public health data to guide critical policy decisions on reopening the state’s economy amid COVID-19.


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AI. CRISPR. mRNA. Key components of the rapidly expanding alphabet soup of technologies driving a boom in healthcare innovation. In this Kenan Insight, we explore why the 2021 Trends in Entrepreneurship Report names emerging technology in the healthcare industry as a key trend, along with some of the challenges that come with fast-moving technological advancements.

Kenan Institute Director of Research Christian Lundblad and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Paige Ouimet talk with Capital Tonight’s Tim Boyum to explore the forces and intricacies behind the struggle of businesses to fill open positions during the pandemic economic recovery.

Research Director Christian Lundblad explores the implications of a long-brewing skills mismatch for companies’ bottom lines and our approach to combatting income inequality.

The current narrative around the U.S. labor market is a mixed bag, with unemployment numbers well above pre-pandemic rates while many companies struggle to fill jobs. In this Kenan Insight Q&A, three experts weigh in on the critical issues behind this dichotomy.

Much has been written about the disproportionate number of women who have suffered pandemic-related job losses during COVID-19, but a related consequence has not been as well explored: the serious disruption of women’s careers, particularly in fields in which “path dependence” matters for success. In this Kenan Insight, we examine this more subtle asymmetry in the pandemic’s impact as indicative of far broader issues for women’s advancement in the workplace.

On Thursday, April 29, Lyft Chief Policy Officer and Advisor to the Co-founders Anthony Foxx joined UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford for an exclusive virtual discussion. Foxx discussed his career as the secretary of transportation under President Obama and as the mayor of Charlotte, the innovative technologies transforming transportation and how we can transition to a greener economy.

As the Consumer Price Index rises, businesses sound the alarm over supply-chain bottlenecks, and federal stimulus checks spur spending, the chatter around inflation is increasing. In this Kenan Insight, we explore what effect this potential perfect storm for an inflation spike could have on a recovering U.S. economy.

As part of the 2020 Dean’s Speaker Series, UNC Kenan-Flagler Dean Doug Shackelford sat down virtually with Royal Caribbean Cruises EVP and Chief Financial Officer Jason Liberty.

In this virtual fireside chat, Kenan Institute Senior Fellow Mary Moore Hamrick, CEO of Political Quotient Advisors, will outline the impact of the Biden Administration’s legislative, regulatory and executive order actions on business thus far.

Apr 14, 2021

The Global-K Recovery

The 2020 COVID-fueled economic downturn generated what has been referred to as a "K-shaped" recession, with both big losers (such as restaurants and the hospitality sector) and big winners (such as high tech and online retail). In this Kenan Insight, we explore how a nascent K-shaped recovery will likely affect U.S. businesses and households.

On Wednesday, April 14, Royal Caribbean Group Executive Vice President & Jason Liberty joined UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford for an exclusive virtual discussion. Liberty discussed how his team handled the unknowns of the past year, his current work to ensure customer confidence and the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic on the cruise industry.

On Thursday, April 8, Hershey Company Chairman of the Board, President and CEO Michele Buck joined UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford for an exclusive virtual discussion. Buck discussed the challenges and opportunities of leading one of America's most-loved brands along with the effects of the COVID19​ pandemic on the food industry and barriers to leadership facing women today.