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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 2014 conference is scheduled for November 7, 2014 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.
  • Greg Brown – University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Robert Harris (PERC Director)  –  University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
  • Tim Jenkinson – Oxford University, Said Business School
  • Steven Kaplan – University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
  • James Bachman – Director, Burgiss
The consortium also names Research Fellows who (in addition to the advisory board) are actively engaged in consortium research.
  • Rudiger Stucke, University of Oxford, Said Business School
  • David Hartzell,  University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Lynn Fisher, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Morten Sorensen, Columbia Business School
 
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, 2014 with a response date of August 29, 2014.  Application information is available here.
 
 
 
Recent Research
 
Support
 
Financial Support for PERC is provided by a generous grant from the UAI Foundation.