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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen discussed the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fresh employment report and what it means for the U.S. economy during the institute’s monthly economic briefing Dec. 2. Cohen discussed the inversion of the yield curve, a reliable indicator of a coming recession, as well as figures such as tech employment and the rise in workers’ earnings.

Moving to a clean economy will require innovation across the board, said MIT Sloan School of Management’s Jacquelyn Pless, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, but it shouldn’t be presumed that environmental policy and the economy are at odds.

Zach Clayton of Three Ships and Bill George of Harvard Business School, co-authors of the book “True North: Emerging Leader Edition,” talk about the challenges and benefits of stakeholder capitalism for companies and their leaders.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Christian Lundblad discussed the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fresh employment report and what it means for the U.S. economy at the Kenan Institute’s virtual press briefing on Friday, Nov. 4.

Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow Lubos Pastor of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business weighs in on the significant increase in ESG investing over the past decade, as well as the causes and implications of that going forward.

On Wednesday, October 20, Harvard’s Bill George and Three Ships’ Zach Clayton joined Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Business Program Shimul Melwani for a fireside chat. George and Clayton discussed their newly released book "True North: Emerging Leader Edition."