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As the U.S. continues to face COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions, experts debate just how worked up the economy is in its current state. This week’s insight serves as the first in a two-part point-counterpoint series, in which Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown and Chief Economist Gerald Cohen hash out the arguments both for and against an overheating economy.

As the U.S. continues to face the effects of the pandemic and supply chain issues, Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown and Chief Economist Gerald Cohen debate whether the overheated economy is ready to boil over – or if it’s simply simmering.

During a fireside chat on Jan. 5, Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen and Political Quotient Advisors CEO Mary Moore Hamrick discussed the political gamesmanship behind the $1.2 trillion U.S. infrastructure bill, drivers influencing national budget and debt ceiling debates, and the potential impact on U.S. and global economies.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen highlights five hot topics – from labor shortages to cryptocurrency – that business leaders and policymakers will grapple with in 2022.

In this virtual fireside chat, Kenan Institute Senior Fellow Mary Moore Hamrick, CEO of Political Quotient Advisors, will explore the political gamesmanship behind the recently passed $1.2 trillion U.S. infrastructure bill. Hamrick will also share her take on the drivers behind ongoing debates over the national budget and debt ceiling legislation in Washington, as well as the prospective impact on business and the U.S. and global economies. Hamrick will be joined by Kenan Institute Chief Economist, Gerald Cohen.

From exploring the concept of shareholder capitalism to welcoming world-class speakers, Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown shares some exciting things to look forward to in 2022.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen highlights five hot topics – from labor shortages to cryptocurrency – that business leaders and policymakers will grapple with in 2022.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen reflects on the economic impact of the past year’s events in this holiday special for WRAL TechWire.

North Carolina’s small businesses provide economic mobility and crucial services in local communities that foster innovation and drive economic growth — a vital role that has been largely affected by COVID-19. In a recent UNC School of Government Carolina Across 100 blog post, Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown sheds light on the impact – and a potential benefit – the pandemic has had on small businesses across the state.

Christian Lundblad, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor of Finance and Kenan Institute Director of Research, joined WRAL's Debra Morgan to discuss the state's uneven economic recovery due to employee fear of being exposed to coronavirus. Lundblad said business vaccine mandates will help alleviate those fears and draw more people back to work.

While the COVID-19 pandemic was devastating for many, research shows its impact was not felt equally. Black Americans experienced disproportionate health and economic ramifications, which compounded the financial, social and psychological strain many felt pre-pandemic, and have contributed to growing inter-generational wealth disparities. In today’s Kenan Insight, our experts explore whether the multi-trillion dollar “Build Back Better” plan proposed by the Biden administration holds the potential to begin closing pervasive gaps in American society.

With consumer prices rising for a third straight month in June, consumer demand continuing to outstrip supply and stock valuations well above long-term averages, our experts explore whether the so-called “everything bubble” of asset prices could be set to burst – and examine what’s next for investors and firms.