Our Research Strategy
At IPC, data, research and education improve understanding of the role of private capital in the global economy. IPC currently focuses on three research areas: Private Equity, Real Estate and Hedge Funds.
An essential first step for generating quality research is access to reliable data. Thus, IPC’s top priority is the creation of a sustainable, comprehensive and accurate data resource for private investments. In this respect, IPC expands the efforts of the Private Equity Research Consortium (PERC). Next steps include merging disparate data sources and sourcing new data directly with the cooperation of investors and fund managers.
Of course, excellent research data is of no value unless it is put to good use. The second pillar of IPC is to stimulate academic research on private investments. IPC provides data access, research support, and necessary project funding to top academic researchers around the world. A Research Council made up of leading experts in the field serves as an advisory board to guide research priorities and initiatives.
The IPC strategy presents challenges, including confidentiality concerns, the proprietary nature of private data, and the diffuse nature of private investments. However, PERC demonstrates that these challenges also represent an opportunity for a deliberate systematic approach through a combined academic effort. And, in many cases, data owners who with resource constraints will welcome the benefits derived from a thorough analyze of their data.