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- October 1, 2016: Vol. 9 Number 9

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Financing Asian infrastructure: barriers and risks

by Georg Inderst

The following article is the fifth of several excerpts that have appeared in i3from Infrastructure Investment, Private Finance, and Institutional Investors: Asia from a Global Perspective, a report commissioned by the Asian Development Bank Institute that reviews infrastructure investment and finance in Asia from a global perspective. The report with footnotes and references is available at www.georginderst.com, www.adb.org, or http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2721577.

For institutional investors, an important question is whether they could contribute more to the financing of infrastructure. Two points of qualification: First, it is often overlooked in this debate that pension funds, insurance companies, and other investors have been keen buyers of publicly listed infrastructure stocks and bonds for a long time. Second, investment in unlisted infrastructure is an ongoing process, as investor intention surveys indicate continu

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