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.


Kenan Insights

Health Disparities Were Devastating BIPOC Communities. Then Came COVID-19.

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February 17, 2021 • Center for the Business of Health

The factors that determine our health go far beyond what happens in the doctor’s office. In this Kenan Insight, we explore how the physical well-being of many Americans has been placed in jeopardy by upstream social and economic factors such as racism, food and job insecurity, and a lack of community and social support systems. More

Mind the Pandemic Gap: How States Propose to Bridge the COVID-19 Revenue Shortfall

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January 27, 2021

As we approach the one-year mark of state-issued stay-at-home orders, the short- and long-term impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on state coffers is still being assessed. With businesses forced to close and unemployment at near-record levels, state policymakers are scrambling to find ways to make up for lost tax revenue. In this Kenan Insight, we look at both the challenges and opportunities for balancing state budgets in light of this new economic reality. More

Wrangling Herd Immunity for a Return to the Office

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January 13, 2021

The arrival of two approved COVID-19 vaccines provides a clear path to the end of the pandemic that held most of 2020 hostage. But a recent resurgence of the virus and skyrocketing rates of infection indicate that a full return to normalcy—including the pre-pandemic work environment— is still months in the future. In this Kenan Insight, we examine the relevant factors that will determine when and how we go back to the office. More

Short-term Help for Long-term Prosperity: Staving Off a Second-Wave Downturn

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November 18, 2020

As a second wave of COVID-19 cases makes its way around the world, the danger to the U.S. economy is clear. In this Kenan Insight, we examine the potentially damaging effects of the ongoing pandemic on an already battered workforce, and make the case for why Congress must act quickly to ensure economic stability. More

Risky Business: Capital Allocation in the Time of COVID-19

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November 11, 2020

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, much uncertainty remains about how much more damage the pandemic will inflict on the U.S. economy, particularly on certain sectors and small businesses. What is clear, however, is that many businesses will continue to require infusions of capital to stay afloat, and that private sector capital providers will need to play a role in long-term recovery efforts. In this Kenan Insight, we explore how those providers will need to shift their approach to risk assessment in the post-COVID world, and what opportunities might be created for investors who can solve two outstanding issues. More

A Shot in the Arm: How COVID-19 Could Transform Healthcare

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November 04, 2020 • Center for the Business of Health

The global COVID-19 pandemic has been a recurring theme throughout the 2020 U.S. elections, and its health and economic consequences will be felt far beyond November 3. In this Kenan Insight, we look at both the challenges and potential opportunities the pandemic has created for accelerating innovations in healthcare delivery and pharmaceutical development. More

The Unchaining of Supply Chains: Dismantling Disruption and Risk in the Post-COVID World

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October 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed flaws in the global supply chain that have existed for years, with disruptions that have led to a scarcity of goods as diverse as PPE, food and toilet paper. In this Kenan Insight, we examine how threats to supply chains are forcing companies to rethink how they can position themselves to mitigate future risk. More

Where Are We Going? Lasting Changes to Working, Living and Traveling in a Post-COVID World

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October 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a significant shift in how and where we work, play and live. In this Kenan Insight, we explore which changes will be temporary and which are here to stay. More

The Corporate Social Justice Imperative

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October 14, 2020

Historically, most businesses have attempted to stay on the sidelines of controversial issues to avoid alienating customers and limit internal discord. But the COVID-19 pandemic (which has disproportionately affected people of color) and rising racial tensions have increased awareness of systemic racism in the U.S. In this Kenan Insight, we explore how business leaders are increasingly taking a stance on diversity and inclusion issues through both internally and externally focused actions and policies. More

The Impact of COVID-19 on Food and Other Retailers

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October 07, 2020

The list of stores that have closed or gone bankrupt in 2020 reads like a “who’s who” of venerable retail giants. Although retailing has been experiencing tectonic shifts for several years, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated both challenges and opportunities. In this Kenan Insight, we explore four major trends in retail, with a particular focus on food retailing. More

Coming Up

Webinar: Rethinc. Labs — Topics on Quantum Circuit Optimization

Thursday March 25, 2021 • 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Quantum circuits are an essential aspect of quantum algorithms and applications. Their efficiency can greatly impact not only the efficiency of higher level algorithms but also their feasibility and applicability, especially in the current NISQ era. In this talk, Shaohan Hu, will join us from the Future Lab of Applied Research and Engineering at JPMorgan Chase to discuss two pieces of his recent work on building efficient quantum circuits.