The Private Equity Research Consortium will be based the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and feature a five strong advisory board.
That body will include Tim Jenkinson from Oxford University’s Said Business School, Gregory Brown from Kenan-Flagler, Steven Kaplan from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and James Bachman from portfolio management data company Burgiss.
The group will be led by PERC director Robert Harris from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
PERC said the board would chart the consortium’s research agenda and review applications from academic business researchers for access to data in collaboration with Burgiss.
Brown said, “Over the last two decades, private equity has grown to become an important part of the investment landscape, yet little is known about the industry.
Harris added, “PERC provides a powerful opportunity to bring together scholars and industry professionals with a common goal – a better understanding of private equity’s effects on both financial results and broader economic outcomes.”
PERC said its activities would include creating research for publication in academic and practitioner journals, developing and testing data, providing access to data for academic researchers, hosting an annual conference of leading academics and industry professionals, and producing short reports on topics of current interest in private equity.
This year’s conference will be held at UNC-Chapel Hill on November 22.
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