Private Equity Research Consortium (PERC) is a group of scholars and industry professionals that conducts and promotes research on private equity. The core mission is to develop better understanding of how private capital investments affect both financial results and broader economic outcomes. PERC was established in 2012 by scholars from the business schools at UNC, Oxford, Chicago, Virginia and other institutions who recognized challenges facing empirical research on private equity and felt they could develop a successful approach to address these.
PERC has an exclusive arrangement with Burgiss to provide access to data for academic research. The Burgiss dataset includes over 6,000 funds with over $4.0 trillion in assets. It is sourced directly from limited partners and contains full performance histories of cash flows at the fund level. This represents the largest and most in-depth dataset of its kind on venture, buyout, and real estate funds available for academic research.
PERC supports academic studies by researchers all over the world, creating articles for publication in academic and practitioner journals, developing and testing data, and providing access to data for other scholars. PERC, a community of academic researchers organized through IPC, provides an opportunity for data collectors to make the most of their data sources and promotes knowledge creation for the industry as a whole.
IPC and PERC periodically accept applications from academic researchers for access to Burgiss private equity fund data. The next deadline for proposal review is January 31, 2017 with a response date of February 28, 2017. Application information is available here.