DP13844 Funding and financing infrastructure: The joint-use of public and private finance

Author(s): Marianne Fay, David Martimort, Stephane Straub
Publication Date: July 2019
Date Revised: July 2019
Programme Areas: Public Economics, Financial Economics, Industrial Organization, Development Economics
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We characterize the structure of financial and regulatory infrastructure contracts and derive conditions under which public and private finance coexist. This requires a combination of regulated prices and public subsidies sufficiently attractive for outside financier pointing at a fundamental trade-off between financial viability and social inclusion. While improvements in the efficiency of bankruptcy procedures facilitate access to private finance, institutional changes lowering the cost of public funds make public finance more attractive. Project data from the PPI database provides support for our findings and reveals an inverse U-shaped pattern, with private finance peaking for countries in the upper-middle income range.