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Infrastructure in a Market Economy: Public-Private Partnerships in a Changing World

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Program Director: Keisha Mayers
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Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
Executive Certificate: This program is part of the Economic Development and Public Policy Executive Certificate series.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

When it comes to providing citizens with essential infrastructure, leaders are no longer limited to choosing public versus private sector solutions. Indeed, the trend has been developing new public-private partnership models that successfully combine the relative strengths of both sectors while avoiding the mistakes of the past. Yet what issues and challenges does this approach produce?

Infrastructure in a Market Economy will help senior decision-makers like you address critical questions about public-private partnerships in infrastructure. The executive education program will show how collaboration between the two sectors can lead to successful outcomes. Bringing together senior-level officials from the public, corporate and nonprofit sectors, this intensive two-week program examines lessons learned and best practices from public-private infrastructure development projects around the world.

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Finding the Right Blend

Infrastructure in a Market Economy will provide you with:

  • An understanding of why some partnerships succeed where others have failed
  • An exploration of what partnership models are best suited to what political and economic circumstances
  • Tools governments can use to develop and implement politically and economically sustainable reforms
  • Analysis of the opportunities and limitations involved in using private capital markets to finance infrastructure
  • Discussion of regulation, including what mix of contractual and discretionary regulatory mechanisms should be used and when can governments achieve effective outcomes using market forces

The program focuses on physical infrastructure, transportation and utility services. Education, health care and similar services are not directly considered.