Why Study Large Projects? An Introduction to Research on Project Finance

12 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2004

Abstract

Despite the fact that more than $200 billion of capital investment was financed through project companies in 2001, an amount that grew at a compound annual rate of almost 20% during the 1990s, there has been very little academic research on project finance. The purpose of this article is to explain why project finance in general and why large projects in particular merit separate academic research and instruction. In short, there are significant opportunities to study the relationship among structural attributes (i.e., high leverage, contractual details, and concentrated equity ownership), managerial incentives, and asset values, as well as improve current practice in this rapidly growing field of finance.

Suggested Citation

Esty, Benjamin C., Why Study Large Projects? An Introduction to Research on Project Finance. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=554951

Benjamin C. Esty (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School ( email )

Boston, MA 02163
United States

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