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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

Economic Development


Please join us for an exclusive conversation with Gov. Deval Patrick on April 23 at 5 p.m. as a part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by the Kenan Institute in partnership with UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Mary Margaret Frank.

Watson, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will discuss key findings from the economics literature and their implications for where to focus immigration reform efforts.

Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow Tara Watson discussed "An Economist’s Guide to Immigration Reform" before an audience of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School faculty and students on April 11.

Business Resilience

The growth of the venture capital market should not blind one to its limitations as an engine of innovation. Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow Josh Lerner lays out three areas of concern worthy of more research.

Fifth Third Bank and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School have launched Empowering American Cities, a program that delivers local economic information tailored for business leaders looking to grow their operations.

During the institute’s monthly press briefing April 5, Research Fellow Greg Brown presented thoughts on what’s needed to extend a period of job growth and lower inflation.

UNC Kenan Flagler Business School
Business Resilience

In this edition of the Dean Speaker Series, join us for an engaging fireside chat with Dean Mary Margaret Frank and Stephanie Headley for an exploration of resilient leadership navigating the complexities of today’s business landscape.

How can the economy be running above its potential output level and still experience declining inflation? Join Kenan Institute Research Fellow Greg Brown in the institute’s monthly virtual briefing at 9 a.m. EDT this Friday, April 5 to learn why.

Stephanie Headley, senior vice president of North America skin care and global Olay at Procter & Gamble, discussed the dynamic landscape of work and the critical need for building resilient teams and organizations with Dean Mary Margaret Frank April 2.

Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow Kathleen M. Sutcliffe of Johns Hopkins University discussed the leadership and organizational lessons to be learned from adventure racing in a talk March 7.

During the institute's monthly press briefing March 8, Chief Economist Gerald Cohen discussed another solid jobs report, in which the U.S. economy added 275,000 jobs for February.

In January, the Kenan Institute released our projected 2024 GDP growth rates for 150 microeconomies across the United States. We anticipate a slowdown in 2024 with almost all our 150 Extended Metropolitan Areas (EMAs) experiencing a deceleration in growth rates and 26 seeing outright contraction. Economic headwinds, however, are felt dissimilarly, and some of the country’s top-performing EMAs will achieve solid growth in 2024. Who are these high achievers?