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

Seven Forces Reshaping the Economy Amid and Beyond COVID-19

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September 22, 2020

As the historic 2020 U.S. presidential election draws nearer, voters are taking stock of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their lives and livelihoods, and demanding that policymakers present their plans for economic recovery. In this Kenan Insight, we look at the major forces reshaping the U.S. economy and offer suggestions for forging an intentional and equitable path forward. More

Anti-immigrant Policies Will Hurt America’s COVID-19 Recovery

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September 16, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has recently ramped up efforts to keep immigrants from entering the country and force out some who are already here – arguing these to be necessary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect American jobs. However, in this Kenan Insight, we summarize why these policies risk having exactly the opposite effect, harming the future health, social well-being and economic viability of our nation. More

Coronavirus Pandemic Refugees and the Future of American Cities

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August 26, 2020

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Within two months, nearly half a million people fled hard-hit New York City. Will they return once the crisis has passed? In this Kenan Insight, we explore how the ongoing pandemic is raising questions about the future attractiveness of large cities as places to live and do business. More

The Land of Opportunity (Zones)

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August 12, 2020

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) allowed for the creation of Opportunity Zones (OZs) — specially designated census tracts encompassing low-income neighborhoods meant to stimulate investment through large tax incentives. But critics say the program has not spurred additional investment as much as rewarded politically connected investors. In this Kenan Insight, we investigate what role, if any, bias and political party affiliation plays in the selection of OZs. More

UNC is Preparing for the Worst-case Scenario (and Why You Should, Too)

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August 03, 2020

Battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the precipitous drop in the economy and continuing racial justice protests, American colleges and universities are facing their most challenging period ever as they head into the fall semester. In this Kenan Insight, we explore what the long-term impact of such forces will be on higher education, and what policy and strategic actions might help mitigate the damage. More

Black Economic Futures

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July 29, 2020

One of the long-standing damages of institutional racism in the United States has been a bleak economic outlook for African Americans. In this Kenan Insight, we ask whether today’s activism might prove to be a defining moment in turning the tide for Black economic futures, and if so, who will play the key roles in creating lasting change. More

Why America Needs High-Skilled Immigrants

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July 22, 2020

In recent months, mechanisms that have allowed for high-skilled foreign nationals to study and work in the U.S. have been put on the policy chopping block. In this Kenan Insight, we discuss why high-skilled foreign workers are critical to America's economic health, and why policies must continue to support their entry into the U.S. More

Who CARES? Assessing the Impact of the CARES Act

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July 15, 2020

In response to the economic chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government launched its largest fiscal stimulus in modern history—the CARES Act. But with $2 trillion invested in small businesses, unemployment benefits and direct cash payments to households, the CARES Act has still fallen short of its goals to spur consumer spending and restore employment. This Kenan Insight analyzes what went wrong, and offers suggestions for the anticipated next round of federal economic aid. More

Reopening Amid COVID-19: The False Choice between Lives and Livelihoods

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July 08, 2020

As federal, state and local governments struggle to reopen the economy as the COVID-19 pandemic surges onward, efforts to ensure people’s health and safety are seemingly at odds with attempts to spur economic activity. In this Kenan Insight, we explore how a data-driven approach to reopening North Carolina (and the U.S. as a whole) can help preserve both lives and livelihoods. More

The Long-term Benefits of Short-time Compensation

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June 24, 2020

Unemployment insurance has been a lifeline for millions of Americans who have found themselves out of work in the wake of the economic shutdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. But with federal, state and local government coffers strained, the time has come for short-time compensation (STC) and partial unemployment insurance programs to receive a closer look. In this Kenan Insight, we explore how these little-known initiatives can benefit both employees and employers and provide relief to an ailing U.S. economy. More

Coming Up

Commercial Real Estate Data Alliance (CREDA) Conference

Thursday October 1, 2020 to Friday October 2, 2020

Real Estate investments continue to rise in importance in the alternative asset space. The Institute for Private Capital will host this event which will present innovative and leading research on real estate investments.