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What is PERC?
PERC is a group of scholars and industry professionals that conducts and promotes research on private equity. Our core mission is to develop better understanding of how these private capital investments affect both financial results and broader economic outcomes. We are pleased to have a relationship with Burgiss that allows their data to be used in academic research.
What Are Some Current PERC Initiatives?
  • Academic Research on Private Equity Investment: Members of the advisory board and research fellows use data and resources available to the consortium to conduct research for publication in academic and practitioner journals. 
  • Annual conference: The conference brings together leading academics and industry representatives to discuss research on private equity investment and its interface with practice. 
    • The 2015 conference is scheduled for November 6 in Chapel Hill.
  • Academic Outreach:  As we develop and test data, we will expand the set of people doing academic research using that data and resources available to the consortium.  All authorized researchers will be selected by the research advisory board. The consortium provides dedicated resources to assure data security. 
  • Periodic reports: Written by consortium members, these reports are on topics of current interest in private equity and often include relevant data summaries.
  • Database creation: The consortium is engaged in projects documenting the universe of private equity and funds and a fund identification/coding system for private investments that enables matching across different databases.

PERC Advisory Board and Research Fellows
The consortium includes individual faculty from a number of different universities and is housed at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina.  PERC’s Advisory Board helps set the consortium’s research agenda and selects researchers to participate in projects using consortium resources and data.
The consortium also names Research Fellows who (in addition to the advisory board) are actively engaged in consortium research.
  • David Hartzell,  University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Morten Sorensen, Columbia Business School
  • Per Stromberg - Stockholm School of Economics
Applying for Access to Burgiss Data
PERC periodically accepts applications from academic researchers for access to Burgiss private equity fund data.  The next deadline for proposal review will be July 31, 2015 with a response date of August 28, 2015.  Application information is available here.
Recent Research

Financial Support for PERC is provided by a generous grant from the UAI Foundation.