June 1 - 2, 2023 • Rizzo Conference Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Conference on Market-Based Solutions for Reducing Wealth Inequality

In recent years, the importance of reducing wealth inequality and spurring inclusive economic growth has become apparent. Most approaches to reducing wealth inequality have been on the policy side, for example, through changing taxation. But economic prosperity can also occur for people in the lower half of the wealth distribution through market-based actions. The business sector has innovated and found profitable opportunities by serving lower income or lower wealth communities — for example, fintech or telehealth are two domains in which for-profit businesses have created opportunities for those in more disadvantaged situations to improve their well-being, including their finances.

To shed light on what the business sector has done so far, and could do in the future to spur inclusive economic growth, as well as on the challenges brought forth by these market-based endeavors, researchers at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise are hosting a conference on this theme to bring together some of the best academics who work on related topics, as well as representatives from the private sector.

We thank the Society of Financial Studies for providing a dual-submission option to the Review of Corporate Financial Studies for papers submitted to the conference.


The agenda for the Conference on Market-Based Solutions for Reducing Wealth Inequality can be found below.


The conference will have fourteen different presentations ranging from research presentations to a panel discussion.


The conference will be hosted at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Learn more about accommodations, transportation, and more.


Conference registration is now available. Please contact Kenan Institute Event Coordinator, Spencer Miller at Spencer_Miller@kenan-miller.unc.edu, with any questions.


Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Leveraging the Private Sector for the Public Good

Established in 1985 by Frank Hawkins Kenan, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise is a nonpartisan business policy think tank affiliated with the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The nonprofit institute and its affiliated centers convene leaders from business, academia and government to better understand how the private sector can work for the public good. The institute leverages best-in-class research to develop market-based solutions to today’s most complex economic challenges. In doing so, the institute aims to support businesses and policies that better the lives of people in North Carolina, across the country and around the world.




NCGrowth is a university center that helps businesses and communities create good jobs and equitable opportunities through applied research and technical assistance. In partnership with other universities and community organizations, NCGrowth provides technical assistance to businesses and governments on economic development and entrepreneurship projects. Since 2012 NCGrowth has helped to create hundreds of jobs and worked with more than a hundred clients.



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A Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Event