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Kenan Institute 2023 Grand Challenge: Workforce Disrupted
Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues

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Our 2023 Frontiers of Business Conference will convene top researchers, corporate executives and policy leaders working around the globe to navigate the balance of corporate value and values. Join us as our experts share objective, evidence-based solutions for implementing stakeholder capitalism and ESG frameworks more broadly.

For our 2022 grand challenge, the Kenan Institute made the ambitious commitment to explore stakeholder capitalism and ESG investing – complex topics that have required the engagement of our global network of experts to unpack.

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.

As Congress refused to raise the debt ceiling and the U.S. government moved closer to its first default, Spectrum News spoke to institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen about the message being sent to the rest of the world.

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.

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.

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 United States may be a highly productive society as a whole, but regionally results vary widely. Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen discusses the success stories and trends identified from our American Growth Project study of the top producing cities over the past 15 years.