Kenan Institute Data Initiatives

Kenan Dashboard: Reopening Amid COVID-19

UNC’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise has embarked on an initiative to build a data repository of state responses to COVID-19 to further both academic study and public policy discussions. These responses include executive actions by the Governor and his/her administration, state legislative measures, and state reopening actions. In particular, we further document executive actions that support businesses and business activities.

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Entrepreneurship Research Data Repository

UNC’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and the Duke University Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) initiative have embarked on a joint initiative to build a data repository to facilitate empirical research in entrepreneurship. This paper outlines our motivation for this project as well as our long-term goals of promoting empirical research by lowering the costs to researchers of data collection and aggregation. We also outline the data that we have currently available and demonstrate the value of a resource like by documenting recent trends in startup activity in the US.

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To facilitate easier access to the data, we have developed a web portal with data related to entrepreneurial research to facilitate further inquiry into entrepreneurial activity. Our long-term goal is to generate a data resource, updated regularly, that is as comprehensive as possible. Allowing researchers to easily contribute new data to the repository should also facilitate a shared understanding of how various factors and findings relate to one another. 

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Commercial Real Estate Data Alliance (CREDA)

Among the community of researchers and practitioners in commercial real estate (CRE), there is a sense that the field has lagged behind other asset classes in benefitting from synergies and close cooperation between academic researchers and practitioners. Correspondingly, there has been a significantly slower rate of adoption of new methods, products, and tools amongst CRE investment professionals. One potential culprit is the relative lack of CRE data availability, quality, and transparency. This is despite the fact that the CRE industry has made immense strides in the breadth and depth of various available data sources over the last two decades.

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At a meeting hosted by the Kenan Institute (October 20‐21, 2016) and including academics, data provider executives, portfolio managers, investors, and Federal Reserve personnel, there appeared to be consensus that it would be immensely valuable to attempt to map between various existing property‐level data sources. Such a mapping would bring to bear various approaches and methodologies to effectively merge a disparate set of CRE data sources. In the process, the mapping would inform any attempt to create a Universal Property ID.25 While researchers would still need permission to use the various databases, the mapping would open up the potential for many new avenues of research that were difficult if not impossible to do previously. 

The Kenan Institute is undertaking a phased approach to addressing this immense CRE data challenge. Together with nearly a dozen data providers and academic research affiliates, we will:

  • Assess the level of consistency across diverse data sources in cases where there is overlap;
  • Assess the feasibility of merging diverse data sources;
  • Devise and test approaches to a Unique Universal Property ID that can be used to refer to the same property across various data sources, and in the process propose how properties from each candidate data source can be mapped to this ID; and,
  • Identify a set of important research questions.

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The Private Equity Research Consortium’s Burgiss Data for Academic Research

Burgiss is a leading global provider of investment decision support tools for private capital. Burgiss collaborates and supports academic research through a partnership with the Private Equity Research Consortium (PERC) and the Institute for Private Capital (IPC). Researchers can submit an application to use the Burgiss data for academic research.

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What data are available?

The Burgiss data available for use by PERC researchers is comprised of the net‐of‐fees contributions, distributions, and valuations for more than 7,000 private capital funds. No names are disclosed in the dataset.

The following attributes are also included in the dataset:

  • Vehicle Type ‐ To denote whether it is a fund or fund of funds
  • Vintage ‐ Year of the first cash flow, ranges from 1979 to present
  • Asset Class Tier 1, 2, 3 ‐ Strategy description
  • Geographic Focus (Funds only) ‐ Region where the greatest amount of capital has been invested
  • Market Focus (Funds of Funds only) ‐ To denote whether it invests in primaries or secondaries
  • Currency ‐ Reporting currency
  • Fund Size – Total committed capital

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Homegrown Tools – Economic Development Case Study Platform

Homegrown Tools tells the story of small towns that have successfully stimulated private investment and job creation.

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The tool is meant to connect public officials, practitioners, and researchers to successful small town economic development strategies and inspire small towns to leverage their unique assets. Homegrown Tools is managed by NCGrowth.

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