BGP-235M: Private Capital for Public Purpose: Impact Investing and Its Siblings

Semester: Spr Mod3

Credit: 0.5

Faculty: David Wood


Day Time Location
First Day 1/26
Meet Day M/W 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM BL-1


This module will introduce and critically analyze efforts to direct private sector financial investments to public purpose. These efforts-falling under the headings of impact, responsible, mission, social, and sustainable investing-looks for ways to maximize the social utility of private investment. We will examine the: 1) types of investors engaged in these efforts (e.g. individuals, pension funds, endowments, foundations); 2) social goals they hope to achieve through their investments; 3)investment strategies and vehicles through which they hope to achieve these goals; 4) intersections of impact investing and public policy; 5)ways that stakeholders assess the impact of these investments. The class will balance U.S. domestic and global examples of investment, policymaking, and advocacy.