The Harris Family Alternative Investments Program funds groundbreaking research produced by Wharton’s renowned faculty working closely with industry practitioners, alumni, and students. This research is integral to Wharton’s leadership in financial economics.

The Harris Program funds research projects that advance knowledge in the field of alternative investments.  This delivers strategic insights used by decision-makers pursuing excellence in investing. Topics selected for research reflect the Program’s research priorities.

The Harris Program’s research draws on the expertise of Wharton faculty across many business disciplines. As a result, projects are frequently cross-disciplinary in approach and scope. Our research agenda recognizes both market forces and regulatory changes, as well as the ongoing globalization of financial institutions and services.

Current research priorities include:

  • Optimal Contracts in Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Shareholder Activism
  • Corporate Governance and Board Design
  • Fundraising and Due Diligence
  • Distressed Investing and Restructuring
  • Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Financial Technology
  • Infrastructure Investment
  • Regulatory and Policy Considerations