Type: Public event

Private financing of public infrastructure: Will digital finance open the floodgates?


Peter Adriaens, Professor, Environmental Engineering & Finance, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, School for Environment and Sustainability; Director, Smart Infrastructure Finance Center,

Date & time

Oct 4, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT


Historically, public infrastructure systems such as roads, water utilities, and schools are financed using a combination of tax revenue, government and revenue-backed bonds. This system has repeatedly fallen short due to insufficient tax revenue and political aversion towards funding “social infrastructure”. Especially for schools, the access to quality infrastructure is highly correlated (in the US) to poverty, stemming from property values, credit worthiness and other factors.

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