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PUBPOL 575 / BE 570

PUBPOL 575 / BE 570: Tax Policy & Business

Monday, Wednesday
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Winter 2020
8:30-10:00 am EDT

An analysis, from the business and government policy perspectives, of some of the largest government programs that shape the economic environment.  The course begins with a theoretical treatment of the principles that should infuse an appropriate

CFLP Blue Bag Lunches

Private Financing of Public Infrastructure: Will Digital Finance Open the Floodgates?

Oct 4, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
South Hall Room 0220
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. A recent bill (not passed) required a 1:6 leverage of federal with state and private finance, compared to 1:12 in Europe and 1:30 proposed under the Climate accords. Either infrastructure has not been built or upgraded, or private capital has stepped in the breach. At the Center for Smart Infrastructure Finance, we're asking whether data-driven models can close the gap by taking advantage of the internet of things (IoT): smart sensors that deliver information which can be monetized. This seminar will explore how private financing models that leverage digital data supply chains to attract 'efficient capital' (e.g. insurance, options trades, debt securities, variable interest rate bonds) can be adapted to financing public infrastructure while limiting recourse to the citizens that use it, and leveling the economic disparities of access.
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