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

Semester: Spr Mod3

Credit: 0.5

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: David Wood


Day Time Location
First Day 1/27
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.