Who We Are

The Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program focuses on private equity, hedge funds, venture capital, and investment management. The Harris Program is a global hub for the development of cutting-edge research in alternative investments, which is integrated into the Wharton School’s curriculum, and presented in public forums. It is a program that furthers the exploration of the theory and the practice of investing in this asset class, bringing together practitioners, alumni, students, academics, and policymakers.

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Students Completing Alternative Investment Classes
Executive Education Programs

New Research Papers
The Main Street Lending Program: Opportunities for American Businesses Part I:  Leverage Limitations

“A key objective for both the Federal Reserve’s Main Street New Loan Facility and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility should be to reach as many viable small- and medium- sized businesses as possible.  Supporting viable small- and medium- sized businesses will not only sustain jobs, but also promote the medium- and longer- term recovery of the U.S. economy.”

The Main Street Lending Program: Opportunities for American Businesses Part II: Credit Risk Retention

“On April 30, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced changes to its Main Street Lending Program, to support small- and medium- sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Launch of the Wharton Alternative Investments Blockchain Venture

Recognizing the importance of blockchain technology to business, and the potential for transformation of financial services, we are proud to announce the launch of our work in the blockchain space. Through enhancement of curriculum and thought leadership, commencement of a research series on blockchain and crypto economics, and collaboration with students and leading alumni, we are dedicated to being a world leader in the integration of blockchain into business knowledge.


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Opening the books on Private Equity

Private equity is a critically important asset that investors cannot afford to exclude from their portfolios. With its potential for high returns that can outperform other asset classes, such as conventional stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, private equity offers a competitive edge to sophisticated investors.

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Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program
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