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Preetesh Kantak


I am a PhD candidate in Finance at UNC Chapel-Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. My research interests are in alternative assets such as real estate, private equity and hedge funds (and the types of securities they trade). In broad terms, I’m interested in what these “non-traditional” asset classes can tell us about the underlying drivers of the real economy. In the age of "new" and "bigger" data, I believe this will be an active and long-term productive area of research.

My solo job market paper, “You Are Where You Eat: Local Prospects, Consumption and the Geography of Housing Dynamics,” explores the effects of long-run prospects on the cross-section of real estate returns. My joint working paper, “Finding Fortune: How Do Institutional Investors Pick Asset Managers?,” explores the importance of soft information on the time to selection of delegated managers by large institutional allocators - e.g. endowments and sovereign wealth funds. Before starting graduate school, I was an Asian equity- and credit-linked investment specialist at a few large quantitative hedge funds.