Prof. Weiping Wu
Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University
Director of the Urban Planning program, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Rapid urbanization has resulted in a high demand for infrastructure and the need for sustained mechanisms of financing. As public finance is overstretched at the local level, private participation increasingly is seen as the key to cover the shortfalls. Two research questions motivate this talk: (1) How are patterns of private participation in China’s infrastructure differ from other emerging economies; (2) What levels of returns can be expected for infrastructure projects with private participation in China? Using mixed-methods, the research draws from a publicly accessible online database, stock-market returns data, and in-depth interviews with domestic and global investors.
About the Speaker:
Weiping Wu is Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University and Director of the Urban Planning program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Before joining Columbia, she was Professor and Chair in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Her research focuses on migration and urbanization, infrastructure provision and financing, and urban economic and innovation policies. She is the (co)author and co-editor of six books, including Pioneering Economic Reform in China’s Special Economic Zones, The Dynamics of Urban Growth in Three Chinese Cities, Local Dynamics in a Globalizing World, and most recently, The Chinese City. Among a number of academic leadership roles outside of the university setting, she is the Vice President and President-Elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Urban China Research Network.
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