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Infrastructure project finance: a systematic literature review and directions for future research

Ashish Kumar (Amity Business School, Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, India)
Vikas Srivastava (Finance and Accounts Area, India Institute of Management Lucknow, India)
Mosab I. Tabash (College of Business, Al Ain University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)

Qualitative Research in Financial Markets

ISSN: 1755-4179

Article publication date: 8 February 2021

Issue publication date: 22 June 2021




The objective of this systematic literature review (SLR) is to outline the existing research in the field of infrastructure project finance (IPF). This paper aims to summarise the academic and practitioner research to highlight the benefits of adopting IPF structures in uncertain environments. By highlighting all conceptual and applied implications of IPF, the study identifies future research directions to develop a holistic understanding of IPF.


The SLR is based on 125 articles published in peer-reviewed journals during 1975–2019. After providing a brief overview of IPF, research methodology and citation, publication and author analysis, the SLR presents the various domains around which existing research in IPF is focussed and provides future research propositions in each domain.


The study found that despite the increased usage of IPF, academic and practitioner research in the field is lagging. Also, with increased usage of IPF in emerging and under-developed economies, IPF structure presents a perfect setting to understand how investment and financing are interlinked and how to overcome the institutional voids, socio-economic risks and inter-partner differences by IPF structures.


This literature review paper is based on the research in IPF between 1975 and 2019. To the best of the authors’ understanding, the SLR is the first focussed study detailing a methodical and thorough compendium of existing studies in the IPF domain. By focussing on various domains of IPF research, this paper presents future research avenues in the field.



Kumar, A., Srivastava, V. and Tabash, M.I. (2021), "Infrastructure project finance: a systematic literature review and directions for future research", Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 295-327.



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