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Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues


Kenan Institute 2023 Grand Challenge: Workforce Disrupted
Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues



Coming Up

Join us via Zoom at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6 to learn how the Class of 2025 worked collaboratively with professionals to use their business skills to change the world for the better.

Our 2023 Frontiers of Business Conference will convene corporate executives, top researchers and policy leaders to share objective, evidence-based solutions for navigating the precarious road toward a labor market equilibrium. Learn more today.

Join IBM’s Tim Humphrey and former Domino’s CEO Ritch Allison for “Workplace Talent, Skills and Economic Competitiveness: A Fireside Chat with UNC Kenan-Flagler Dean Mary Margaret Frank” Oct. 12 at The Carolina Inn.


Leigh, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will discuss the influence that societal events which occur outside of organizations have on employees when they enter the workplace and on individuals in society more broadly.

Stith, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will moderate a panel on strategies to build a sustainable workforce pipeline in North Carolina.

In recent years, the importance of reducing wealth inequality and spurring inclusive economic growth has become apparent. Most approaches to reducing wealth inequality have been on the policy side, for example, through changing taxation. But economic prosperity can also occur for people in the lower half of the wealth distribution through market-based actions. The business sector has innovated and found profitable opportunities by serving lower income or lower wealth communities — for example, fintech or telehealth are two domains in which for-profit businesses have created opportunities for those in more disadvantaged situations to improve their well-being, including their finances.

PERC returns to Oxford University’s Saïd Business School on May 11-12, 2023, for the Private Equity Research Consortium Spring Symposium. This group of scholars and industry professionals conducts and promotes research on private equity.

Haltiwanger, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will discuss implications for the continuing restructuring of the U.S. economy associated with the surge in new business creation.

During this webinar, Mr. Allen will give a 30-minute presentation sharing his expert insights on U.S.-China relations and what it means for U.S. firms.

Perez-Truglia, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will summarize the latest research, including his own, to provide a better understanding of the effectiveness of pay transparency laws.

The 16th annual Kenan Institute Student awards will honor outstanding students who excel in the areas of leadership, research, policy impact and service.

Workforce Disrupted

ChatGPT and other generative AI programs can replicate much of the work performed across the knowledge worker class. This gives us a glimpse of what ever-more-powerful AI tools might be able to do, which is both exciting and, to say the least, unsettling.

Since 2008, the Alternative Investments Conference has served as a forum for private equity, hedge fund, venture capital and other alternative asset professionals to network, share ideas and stay abreast of industry trends.

Professor Denis Simon, who recently joined the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School faculty, will provide expert commentary about the ups and downs of business and technology relations between the U.S. and China.

Thought leaders, policymakers, business leaders, experts, government officials, researchers, scholars and other key stakeholders convene for a two-day event focused on the latest issues impacting the fintech ecosystem.