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Institute Insights: Enhancing the Lives of Black Communities

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July 17, 2019

On Sept. 9-11, 2019, the Kenan Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for African-American Research will co-host the second Black Communities Conference, an international gathering of scholars and community leaders from across the African diaspora. The conference's core mission is to connect academics from a variety of disciplines with black communities, with the goal of enhancing the life of those communities. More

The Global Influence of U.S. Economic Policy

July 17, 2019

A new article in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s quarterly newsletter, Econ Focus, discusses the spillover effects of U.S. monetary policy on the economies of other countries. The article cites research conducted by Kenan Institute Director of Research Christian Lundblad, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor of Finance and UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Economics Anusha Chari, and UNC graduate student Karlye Dilts Stedman on the effects of U.S. monetary policy shocks on emerging market countries over a period of 22 years. More

Jobs at Risk: The Opioid Crisis and Employment

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July 11, 2019

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein discusses the economic challenges and implications of the opioid crisis, including the epidemic’s contribution to the state’s rural-urban divide. More

Institute Insights: How to Nip and Tuck Costs

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July 09, 2019

Can simply upgrading a hospital’s accounting systems cut costs? A recent paper, which examined a healthcare IT database for a span of 24 years, argues so. More

Senior Faculty Fellow Eric Ghysels Named to Lt. Governor’s Blockchain Initiative

July 03, 2019

Edward Bernstein Distinguished Professor of Economics and Professor of Finance at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Eric Ghysels, head of the Kenan Institute’s Rethinc. Labs initiative, has been appointed a member of the North Carolina Blockchain Initiative by Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. The initiative will study blockchain technology, virtual assets, smart contracts and digital tokens with the goal of developing a series of recommendations to strengthen North Carolina as a leader in technological innovation. More

NCGrowth Burlington Immersive: A New Chapter of Prosperity

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June 25, 2019

For NCGrowth, immersive trips are a primary way to build relationships with businesses and communities, to identify issues and explore solutions jointly through dialogue and collaboration. More

African American Older Adults Face a Retirement Crisis

June 25, 2019 • Urban Investment Strategies Center

In his most recent paper James H. Johnson, director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, addresses the challenges facing senior African Americans in accessing long-term care. More

Institute Insights: Artificial Intelligence Alter Egos: Who Benefits from Robo-Investing?

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June 24, 2019

Artificial intelligence enhancements are increasingly shaping our financial decision-making. But with what result? More

Institute for Private Capital Paper Wins Western Finance Association Award

June 20, 2019 • Institute for Private Capital

Institute for Private Capital Research Director Greg Brown, UNC Kenan-Flagler Ph.D. candidate Matteo Binfarè, Darden School of Business Professor Bob Harris and UNC Kenan-Flagler Professor Christian Lundblad's latest paper is the recipient of the Two Sigma Award for the Best Paper on Investment Management. The Western Finance Association announced the award at their annual meeting in Huntington Beach, California on Monday, June 17. Read the paper, "How Do Financial Expertise and Networks Affect Investing? Evidence from the Governance of University Endowments," More

Institute Insights: Immigrant Entrepreneurship: An American Success Story

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June 18, 2019

A growing body of rigorous academic literature empirically demonstrates that high-skilled immigrants provide a range of long-lasting and material benefits to the U.S. economy through entrepreneurship and innovation. More