Investing for Impact

Chowdhry, B and Davies, S W and Waters, B (2018) Investing for Impact. The Review of Financial Studies, 32 (3). pp. 864-904. ISSN 1465-7368

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We study joint financing between profit-motivated and socially motivated (impact) investors and derive conditions under which impact investments improve social outcomes. When project owners cannot commit to social objectives, impact investors hold financial claims to counterbalance owners’ tendencies to overemphasize profits. Impact investors’ ownership stakes are higher when the value of social output is higher, and pure nonprofit status may be optimal for the highest valued social projects. We provide guidance about the design of contingent social contracts, such as social impact bonds and social impact guarantees.Received May 23, 2016; editorial decision April 28, 2018 by Editor Francesca Cornelli. Authors have furnished an Internet Appendix, which is available on the Oxford University Press Web site next to the link to the final published paper online.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The research article was published by the author with the affiliation of University of California.
Subjects: Economics
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2019 12:19
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2023 18:27

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