The 2nd Columbia Private Equity conference – generously supported by the Columbia Business School – will be held in person on February 29th and March 1st on the Columbia Business School campus.

The first day of the conference (February 29th) is a Ph.D. workshop, and the second is a five-paper conference. Attendance is invite-only and has limited space. Email Mike Ewens ([email protected]) for more information.

Location: Kravis 370 and Geffen 520; Columbia Business School


Ph.D. workshop: 25 minutes for presentation, 15 minutes for discussion, and 5 minutes for Q&A.

Main session: 25 minutes for presentation, 15 minutes for discussion, and 10 minutes for Q&A.

Ph.D. Workshop, Thursday, Feb. 29th

Location: Kravis Hall 370

12 pm – 1 pm: Introduction and Lunch

1:15 – 2:00 pm: “Are Direct Lenders More Like Banks or Arm’s-Length Investors” (Young Soo Jang, Booth)

Discussant: Anya Kleymenova (Federal Reserve Board)

2:00 – 2:45 pm: “Externalities From Localized Labor Mobility Restrictions: The Role of Social Connections” (Jason (Pang-Li) Chen, Auburn; Melissa Crumling, Drexel; Torin McFarland, Drexel)

Discussant: Jing (Sophia) Xue

2:45 pm-3:15 pm: Break

3:15 – 4 pm: “Liquidity Shocks and Private Equity Investment” (Yingxiang Li, UBC)

Discussant: Johan Cassel Pegelow (Vanderbilt)

4:00-4:45 pm: “Getting Dirty Before You Get Clean: Institutional Investment in Fossil Fuels and the Green Transition” (Mayank Kumar, Univ. of Michigan)

Discussant: Aymeric Bellon (UNC)

5 pm – 6 pm: Reception

6:30 pm – 8 pm: Dinner

Conference, Friday, March 1st

Location: Geffen Hall 520

9:00 – 9:45 am: Light breakfast and coffee.

9:45 am-10:35 am: “Keeping Up with the Blackstones: Institutional Investors and Gentrification” (Neroli Austin, Univ. of Michigan)

Discussant: Vrinda Mittal (UNC)

10:35 – 11:00 am: Coffee break

11:00 – 11:50 am: “Appropriate Entrepreneurship? The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital and the Developing World” (Josh Lerner, Harvard; Junxi Liu, Warwick; Jacob Moscona, Harvard; David Y. Yang, Harvard)

Discussant: Daniel Bias (Vanderbilt)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch and coffee

1:30 – 2:20 pm: “Limited Partners versus Unlimited Machines; Artificial Intelligence and the Performance of Private Equity Funds” (Borja Fernández Tamayo, Reiner Braun, Florencio López-de-Silanes, Ludovic Phalippou, and Natalia Sigrist)

Discussant: Maxime Bonelli (LBS)

2:20- 2:50 pm: Break

2:50-3:40pm: “The Better Angels of our Nature” (Johan Karlsen, Katja Kisseleva, Aksel Mjøs, and David Robinson)

Discussant: Sophie Calder-Wang (Wharton)

3:40 – 4:30 pm: “Five Facts about Startups in Africa” (Emanuele Colonnelli, Booth; Marcio Cruz, IFC; Mariana Pereira-Lopez, IFC; Tommaso Porzio, Columbia; Chun Zhao, Stanford)

5:15 pm – 7:30 pm: Drinks and dinner (presenters, discussants, and invited guests)


Name (Institution)
Michael Ewens (Columbia Business School; co-organizer)
Emmanuel Yimfor (Columbia Business School; co-organizer)
Neroli Austin (University of Michigan)
Tania Babina (Columbia University)
Greg Brown (University of North Carolina)
Aymeric Bellon (University of North Carolina)
Daniel Bias (Vanderbilt University)
Maxime Bonelli (London Business School)
Sophie Calder-Wang (Wharton)
Johan Cassel (Vanderbilt University)
Shrijata Chattopadhyay (Binghamton)
Emanuele Colonnelli (University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)
Peter Cornelius (Alpinvest)
Melissa Crumling (Drexel University)
Macio Cruz (IFC)
Minmo Gahng (Cornell University)
Camille Hebert (University of Toronto)
Bill Janeway (University of Cambridge)
Young Soo Jang (University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)
Mario Leccese (University of Maryland)
Josh Lerner (Harvard Business School)
Johan Ludvig Schmidberger Karlsen (NHH)
Seula Kim (Princeton University)
Katja Kisseleva (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)
Anya Kleymenova (Federal Reserve Board)
Mayank Kumar (University of Michigan)
Edoardo Marchesi (University of Chicago)
Richard Maxwell (University of North Carolina)
Aksel Mjøs (NHH)
Xuelin Li (Columbia University)
Yingxiang Li (University of British Columbia, Sauder)
Mariana Pereira López (World Bank)
Vrinda Mittal (University of North Carolina)
John Moon (Columbia University)
Tommaso Porzio (Columbia University)
Ludovic Phalippou (University of Oxford, Said)
Florencio Lopez de Silanes (Skema)
Nina Solovyeva (Blackrock)
Daisy Wang (Ohio State University)
Jing (Sophia) Xue (Georgia State University)
Ayako Yasuda (UC Davis)

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