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    Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
    Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Economic Development and Public Policy concentrations. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

Program Overview

From toll road projects in Mexico and Pennsylvania to water and electricity systems in New Delhi, decision-makers worldwide are turning to public-private partnerships to address physical infrastructure, transportation, utility services, and more.

What is the key to successfully combining the relative strengths of both the public and private sectors while avoiding the mistakes of the past? And what unique challenges does the partnership approach produce?

Infrastructure in a Market Economy: Public-Private Partnerships in a Changing World, a 12-day, on-campus program from Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, provides the answers. Along with participants from both industrialized and newly industrialized countries, you will learn why some partnerships succeed while others fail. You will examine which partnership models are best suited to different political and economic circumstances. And you will determine when governments can leverage market forces to achieve effective outcomes.


Developed by Harvard Kennedy School faculty, this on-campus executive program will help you develop the skills and judgment needed to create infrastructure plans that stand the test of time. In analyzing more than 30 cases drawn from a wide range of infrastructure initiatives, you will learn about the dynamics that determine their success or failure—and the complex relationship between private infrastructure providers and governments.


Led by a teaching team that includes some of the world’s top thought leaders in this area, Infrastructure in a Market Economy will explore:

  • Choosing the appropriate public-private partnership model
  • Building and maintaining political support
  • Navigating private finance and capital markets
  • Regulating to protect consumer interest

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Sample Schedule

Immerse yourself with a cohort of fellow leaders on Harvard’s historic campus. View a sample program schedule from a previous session. Note that module titles, speakers, and sequence may change.


“Insights about public-private partnerships from faculty, top executives, and fellow participants from all over the world strengthened my knowledge and broadened my perspective.”

Takehiko “Jessie” Imai, CEO, Mizha Energia Par S.A.
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Akash Deep

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Harvard Faculty and Guest Speakers
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John Donahue

Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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Mark Fagan

Lecturer in Public Policy
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Henry Lee

Director of Environmental and Natural Resource Program and Senior Research Associate
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
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