- 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,, or

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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