New, Award-Winning Research on Impact Investing by Wharton Faculty and Collaborators

How real is the impact in impact investing? One way to answer this question is to investigate the legal contracts that bind impact investors. To what extent do these contracts reinforce a commitment to impact? “Contracts with Benefits,” a new study by researchers at the Wharton School, Chicago Booth, andRead More

Student Perspective: Striving for Good Business and Good Returns

In her Fellowship with Wharton Social Impact Initiative, Cathleen Gui applied what she’s learned about impact investing to the emerging field of gender lens investing. The speed at which impact investing has evolved in recent years has been rapid, going from a concept to an investing approach that is increasinglyRead More

Has Impact Investing Been Seduced? That’s One Hypothesis

Commentary by Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s Nick Ashburn and Katherine Klein In the latest edition of SSIR, we read Mara Bolis and Chris West’s thoughtful critique of the evolution of impact investing with great interest. Bolis and West argue that impact investors have become increasingly “seduced” by the promise ofRead More

Student Perspective: What I Learned About Mission Preservation through Legal Documents

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. Our Social Impact Fellowship legal research team—composed of Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and four Penn Law students—collected and analyzed data to better understand how impact investing funds reflectRead More

Legally Binding: How the Law Can Ensure Impact Outcomes

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. In collaboration with Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and supported by four Penn Law students through the Social Impact Fellowship, this cross-campus collaboration aimed to advance our ongoing impactRead More

New Research Shows Strong Corporate Values Yield Powerful Impact

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic. In collaboration with Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and supported by four Penn Law students through the Social Impact Fellowship, this cross-campus collaboration aimed to advance our ongoing impactRead More

Impact Through a Legal Lens: What Impact Investing Means for This Law Student’s Career

Last fall, Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a collaborative project with Penn Law’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC), and during the 2017 spring semester we welcomed four Penn Law students to continue the work through the Social Impact Fellowship. In collaboration with Anne Tucker, an associate professor of law at GeorgiaRead More

Building The Evidence Base: Establishing Wharton’s Role in a Shifting Industry

Since the controversial “Google Diversity Memo” surfaced over the weekend, our inboxes have been filled with strong reactions. Amidst the cacophony of responses, one piece seems to resonate strongly with readers: Wharton Professor Adam Grant’s analysis on “Differences between Men and Women are Vastly Exaggerated.” Why are CNN, CNBC, Fortune andRead More