Research


UNC Clean Tech Summit

July 10, 2017
Conference Proceeding • Center for Sustainable Enterprise

On March 1-2, approximately 1,000 people convened at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill for the fourth annual UNC Clean Tech Summit. Themes of the 2017 summit included clean energy, food, innovation, and water and energy. More

From Factory Town to Vibrant Innovation Center: The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Durham, NC

June 13, 2017
White Paper • Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

This case study describes the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Durham, North Carolina – the people and organizations primarily located downtown who embrace this mission. More

U.S. Older Adults: Demographics, Living Arrangements, and Barriers to Aging in Place

May 30, 2017
White Paper • Urban Investment Strategies Center

A pooled Public Use Microdata Sample File of the Census Bureau’s Annual American Community Survey (2011-2015) is used to (1) create a demographic profile of the nation’s older adult population; (2) develop an older adult household typology which encapsulates both generational dynamics and diverse living arrangements; and (3) identify older adults who face the greatest barriers to aging in place. Policies and strategies that support and facilitate successful aging in place for the most vulnerable older adults are discussed. More

Recruiting C-Suite Talent to North Carolina Growth Companies

March 01, 2017
Conference Proceeding

An influential group of private sector leaders, university administrators, and government officials gathered at the Raleigh Convention Center on March 1st to craft actionable strategies to help the Research Triangle region attract and retain “C-Suite” talent to emerging high-growth companies in North Carolina. More

Kenan Institute Frontiers in Entrepreneurship Research Conference

February 15, 2017
Conference Proceeding

“Entrepreneurship as a field is remarkably multidisciplinary,” said Paige Ouimet, an associate professor of finance at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. “I think we all know this. Just look around the room.” More

Understanding Entrepreneurship: Facilitating Academic Research with a Shared Data Repository

February 10, 2017
White Paper

UNC’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and the Duke University Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) initiative have embarked on a joint initiative to build a data repository to facilitate empirical research in entrepreneurship. More

What’s Next, America?

January 25, 2017
Conference Proceeding • NCGrowth

On October 14, 2016, the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School hosted a conference titled What’s Next, America. Convened fewer than four weeks prior to the presidential election, the objective of the forum was to allow influential business leaders, academics and policy makers to examine issues critical to the U.S. economy now and in the future. The conference offered actionable solutions to the most important economic issues facing the next administration. More

Commercial Real Estate Data: Towards Parity with Other Asset Classes; A Report on the Progress of the Commercial Real Estate Data Alliance (CREDA)

January 05, 2017
White Paper • Institute for Private Capital

The availability of high quality and “clean” data documenting historical individual stock performance has had a profound impact on financial economics and the financial‐services industry. More

LNG, NGL and Alternative Feedstocks

January 01, 2017
Energy Center

In Part 1 of this article, economic incentives were estimated for relaxing the requirement that biocrude entering the refinery infrastructure be oxygen (O2)-free. It was concluded that an accurate estimate of these incentives is not possible without a significant amount of additional data. Part 2 examines key issues that must be addressed and the associated data needed for this constraint to be relaxed. More

What Do Different Commercial Data Sets Tell Us About Private Equity Performance?

October 14, 2016
Working Paper • Institute for Private Capital

This paper examines private equity (both buyout and venture funds) performance around the globe using four data sets from leading commercial sources. For North American funds, our results echo recent research findings: buyout funds have outperformed public equities over long periods of time; in contrast, venture funds saw performance fall after spectacular results for vintages in the 1990s. For funds outside North America, buyout funds show performance similar to those in North America while venture fund performance is weaker than in North America. Venture samples outside North America are, however, relatively small and strong conclusions await further research. The similarity of performance estimates across the data sets strengthens confidence in conclusions about the results of private equity investing. More