Financing infrastructure in crisis times: How to gather the strengths of the public and the private sector to foster growth?

November 26th, 2013 
Paris School of Economics


The issue 

There is a large consensus that investing in infrastructure is a key engine of economic growth. Public reports abound that repeat such evidence and point at today needs of a country like France in sectors like transportations, environmental services, energy, telecommunications or information technologies.

By their very economic nature, infrastructure come with increasing returns and externalities that call for public involvement, be it through regulation, delegated management or various forms of partnerships. To mobilize the private and the public sectors around a growth objective requires finding tune coordination not only at the inception of those projects but also in their management and financing. Such coordination is clearly intricate in a context where the economic crisis has hardened budget constraints both for banks, firms and governments. 


Main questions 

This workshop will gather invited scholars and practitioners from both the public and the private spheres in order to foster interactions and open new research questions both through academic presentations and round-tables. A particular attention will be given to the following issues:

  • How to define the new forms of partnerships between the public and the private sectors in such financially hard times?
  • What are the costs and benefits of concession contractsand Public-Private Partnerships under hard budget constraints?
  • How to optimally transfer risks between partners in such contexts?
  • How to design the supervision and monitoring of projects that require such intricate coordination between the public and private spheres?
  • What are the lessons drawn from past experiences worldwide and across sectors and are there any “best practices” available?


Program 

Financing Infrastructure Under Hard Budget Constraint: Microfoundations I

Etienne Yehoue (International Monetary Fund)
Discussant: Stéphane Saussier (IAE, Université Paris I) (slides)

Malin Arve (University of Mannheim)
Discussant: Bernard Caillaud (Paris School of Economics) (slides)

Financing Infrastructure Under Hard Budget Constraint: Microfoundations II 

Elisabetta Iossa (University of Rome Tor Vergata) "Post-tender Corruption and Risk Allocation: Implications for Public Private Partnerships." Joint with David Martimort (Paris School of Economics)
Discussant: Claudine Desrieux (Université Paris II)

Financing and Regulating Infrastructure Under Hard Budget Constraint: Impact on Development I 

Antonio Estache (Université Libre de Bruxelles-ECARES- CEPR)
Discussant: Jérôme Pouyet (Paris School of Economics)

Financing and Regulating Infrastructure Under Hard Budget Constraint: Impact on Development II 

Stephane Straub (Toulouse School of Economics)
Regulation, Renegotiation and Capital Structure: Theory and Evidence from Latin American Transport Concessions" Joint with Alexander Moore (World Bank and London School of Economics) and Jean-Jacques Dethier (World Bank) 
Discussant: Philippe Gagnepain (Paris School of Economics) 

Regulating Infrastructure Under Hard Budget Constraint: The Firm, The State and The Financial Market 

David Martimort (Paris School of Economics)
"How To Regulate a Firm Under a Hard Budget Constraint: A First (and Very) Preliminary Pass" Joint with Jérôme Pouyet (Paris School of Economics) and Wilfried Sand-Zantman (Toulouse School of Economics and ESSEC Paris)
Discussant: Martin Peitz (University of Mannheim) (slides)

Eduardo Engel (Yale University and University of Santiago de Chile)
Is There a PPP Interest Rate Premium?” Joint with R. Fisher (Universidad de Chile) and A. Galetovic (Universidad de los Andes)
Discussant: Liam Wren-Lewis (Paris School of Economics) (slides)

Round Table: PPPs and Project Finance: How to Optimally Gather Public and Private Funds to Finance Infrastructure. Return on Experiences in France and throughout the World. Implementation of Best Practices 

  • Eduardo Engel (Yale University and University of Santiago de Chile)
  • Xavier Ragot (Paris School of Economics, former Chief Economist for the French Minister of Redressement Productif)
  • Vincent Lévita (OFI Infravia)
  • François Bergère (Head of Mission d’Appui aux Partenariats Public-Privé (MAPPP))
  • Anne-Laure de Chammard (DGITM/PPP) 
  • Guy Chetrit (EPEC) (slides)
  • Romain Verzier (VINCI Concessions)
  • Eduardo Engel (Yale University and University of Santiago de Chile). 



For further information, please contact David Martimort, PSE- Ecole d’Economie de Paris (david.martimort@parisschoolofeconomics.eu)