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Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues


Kenan Institute 2024 Grand Challenge: Business Resilience
Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues

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We examine the links between human capital and endowment investing. Harnessing detailed information on university endowments, we find that higher asset allocations to alternative assets accompany higher levels of human capital in the endowment’s investment process. Moreover, high levels of human capital are linked to larger returns, even on a risk-adjusted basis.

As we begin the new year, we wanted to highlight five topics, beyond the impact of COVID-19 and related uncertainties, that we believe business leaders and policymakers will be grappling with in 2022. Throughout the year, we will focus our efforts to provide solutions-focused analysis on these topics as well as a host of others.

Please join us for an exclusive conversation with Bobby Long and Louise Brady on Wednesday, Sept. 22. This discussion is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford.

The Private Equity Research Consortium and the Institute for Private Capital (IPC) at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School will host the 2021 Spring Private Equity Research Symposium on May 27. The Spring Symposium supplements, and will follow the same format as, the long-standing PERC Fall Symposium that takes place each year at UNC. The conference will be held virtually this year for the safety of our members and attendees.

Participants include Jim Goldman, Assistant Professor of Financial Economics, University of Toronto; Eva Steiner, Associate Professor of Real Estate, Penn State University; Jay R. Ritter, Joseph B. Cordell Eminent Scholar, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida; Allyson Tucker, Chief Investment Officer, Washington State Investment Board; Michael Elio, Partner, StepStone; Christian Lundblad, Richard Levin Distinguished Professor of Finance, Director of Research, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Matt Harvey, Managing Director, Head of Direct Lending, PGIM Private Capital; and David Sambur, Apollo Global Management, Inc.

The UNC Entrepreneurship Center will host its fourth and final fireside chat for the fall 2020 semester with Bill Spruill on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Fireside chats are a continuing series of talks hosted by Launch Chapel Hill and The Entrepreneurship Center. These conversations seek to showcase a broad range of entrepreneurs who are making an impact in their field, as well as introduce and connect these people to the Launch Chapel Hill and Triangle community.

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, much uncertainty remains about how much more damage the pandemic will inflict on the U.S. economy, particularly on certain sectors and small businesses. What is clear, however, is that many businesses will continue to require infusions of capital to stay afloat, and that private sector capital providers will need to play a role in long-term recovery efforts. In this Kenan Insight, we explore how those providers will need to shift their approach to risk assessment in the post-COVID world, and what opportunities might be created for investors who can solve two outstanding issues.

Join the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and the North Carolina CEO Leadership Forum September 22 for the launch of a new report examining the state of our national economy – and exploring its future.