Managing leverage of infrastructure projects: Aggregate and sectoral risk effect

Charles Jimmy, Telisa Aulia Falianty

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Abstract

Funding for infrastructure projects recently shows that debt has a portion more than equity, triggering public debates. Therefore, leverage as an instrument to measure the ability and willingness of project sponsors to fund becomes the utmost importance to discuss. Relating to leverage, risk and government participation are two main factors that can explain the choice of funding decisions by the project sponsors. For this reason, this study would analyze the effect of risk and government participation on leverage through the two main sectors of infrastructure projects, namely the transportation sector and the energy sector, and derivating risk to political risk and financial risk. The objects of research were 976 infrastructure projects listed in the Asian Development Bank during 2007−2016. We use censored regression to examine the model by infrastructure sectors, both as individual and through interaction effects. The analysis showed that overall, leverage of infrastructure projects was rather influenced by financial risk than by political risk. However, the leverage of infrastructure projects in the transportation sector was more vulnerable to risk than that in other sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101284
JournalJournal of Asian Economics
Volume73
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Government participation
  • Infrastructure
  • Leverage
  • Risk

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