Voices on Infrastructure: Restarting economies with infrastructure investment
Voices on Infrastructure: January 2021

Restarting economies with infrastructure investment

Welcome to the January issue of Voices on Infrastructure, a collection of insights on restarting economies with infrastructure investment.

Articles in the issue


Debate: Funding infrastructure investment in a post-COVID-19 economy

– Harvard economists Larry Summers and Ed Glaeser debate how to fund infrastructure investment in a post-COVID world.

Reimagining infrastructure in the United States: How to build better

– Infrastructure agencies need to prepare for two very different scenarios—a sharp rise in funding or a precipitous drop.

What infrastructure stimulus investments could be the most important for governments to pursue now and why?

– Industry leaders from Beijing, the UK, Canada, and at the World Bank weigh in on the infrastructure stimulus investments governments may want to prioritize as they consider economic recovery.

Selecting infrastructure projects for the next normal

– Infrastructure projects can create jobs and spur economic growth—both critical as the world reckons with the fallout from COVID-19. But budgets are tight, so which projects should be prioritized?

Infrastructure options for the future of cities

– Leaders must tackle increasingly complex economic, social, and environmental challenges to ensure cities stay competitive. Experts at Sidewalk Labs discuss how harnessing new technologies can help.

Investing in infrastructure for a ‘green recovery’

– Asset managers must understand climate change's impact on portfolios. Lawrence Slade of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association writes on how this can create a more sustainable built environment.

A low-carbon recovery is vital—and achievable

– The post-pandemic recovery could be decisive in the fight against climate change. Our analysis illustrates how policy makers can bring economic, environmental, and social priorities together.

Infrastructure tendering in the midst of COVID-19

– As the pandemic causes supply to outpace demand in tendering, project owners must adjust their approaches to consider new risks—and make the shifts the industry needs to move forward.

The effect of government stimulus on commercial real estate amid COVID-19

– Governments have used a variety of measures to support commercial real estate and their tenants through COVID-19—with mixed results for both parties. What opportunity exists for new approaches?