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Social Infrastructure Investment: Private Finance and Institutional Investors

Book contribution: “Investing in Long-Term Europe: Re-launching Fixed, Network and Social Infrastructure”, edited by Paolo Garonna and Edoardo Reviglio (FeBAF and CDP), LUISS University Press, Rome (2015)

8 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2015 Last revised: 7 Jan 2016

Georg Inderst

Inderst Advisory

Date Written: December 1, 2015

Abstract

Investment in infrastructure is important to the society and the economy. The focus of the current debates is primarily on economic infrastructure, especially on transport and energy networks. In contrast, investment in social sectors, such as education and health, has so far received surprisingly little attention. This should change.

This short paper makes observations and comments on the role of private finance and the activity of institutional investor in this field. It highlights the specific investment characteristics of social infrastructure, and the barriers for more investment. There is much room for higher private participation in social infrastructure investment.

Keywords: Social infrastructure investment, infrastructure finance, infrastructure policy, pension funds, institutional investors

JEL Classification: E22, G11, G23, G28, H54

Suggested Citation

Inderst, Georg, Social Infrastructure Investment: Private Finance and Institutional Investors (December 1, 2015). Book contribution: “Investing in Long-Term Europe: Re-launching Fixed, Network and Social Infrastructure”, edited by Paolo Garonna and Edoardo Reviglio (FeBAF and CDP), LUISS University Press, Rome (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2696421

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