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COVID-19 sent shockwaves through the global economic system, disrupting financial markets, slowing productivity and exacerbating existing inequities. But its unprecedented impact on the labor market may serve as the pandemic’s most enduring economic effect. From quiet quitting to the Great Resignation, the past three years have seen a massive transformation in what workers expect from their jobs.

Research from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Assistant Professor of Finance Abhinav Gupta demonstrates how a seemingly small change in the green-card application process holds tremendous significance for millions in the tech industry, made even more relevant by the sector’s current slowdown.

The Kenan Institute recaps a panel on the business of women's health from the Center for Business of Health's November 2022 conference.

Chief Economist Gerald Cohen spoke to WTVD-TV about the American Growth Project’s projection for a 1.6% increase in GDP for Raleigh and Durham this year, good for fourth best among the 50 biggest U.S. microeconomies.

Chief Economist Gerald Cohen discussed whether the job growth shown in the new employment report would influence the inflation-fighting work of the Fed and why excess savings may cushion the blow of a recession he predicts will come later in the year.

In kicking off the new year, we at the Kenan Institute want to highlight five topics we anticipate will be top of mind for business leaders and policymakers during the 12 months ahead.

Join us for the Kenan Institute’s virtual press briefing at 9 a.m. EST this Friday, Jan. 6, as we provide instant analysis following the latest employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen will offer his insights and answer questions from the audience.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen discusses the power of productivity and what that means for the U.S. economy.

We Are All Human founder Claudia Romo Edelman talks with the Kenan Institute about why diversity matters for both employers and employees, and how Hispanic workers in particular are navigating their relationship to the workforce after the pandemic.

In a Financial Times article on paying executives in the age of stakeholder capitalism, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Camelia Kuhnen notes that performance-related compensation packages can have negative consequences.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen explains the vital importance of productivity to the health of our economy, both domestically and globally, and why that is only one metric of societal health.

The new report from the Kenan Institute's American Growth Project takes a look under the hood at productivity - and which U.S. cities have been climbing up the productivity rankings.