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Alex Nicholls, Rob Paton, and Jed Emerson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703761.001.0001

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Social finance

Social finance

Capitalizing social impact

Chapter:
(p.1) Social finance
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Social Finance
Author(s):

Alex Nicholls

Jed Emerson

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703761.003.0001

This chapter presents an overview of the topics and debates discussed in the book. It starts by explaining the definition of social finance, relating it to other, sometimes rival, terms (social investment, impact investing, blended value investing, and so on) and notes the scale of activity and policy interest, and the culturally constructed and contingent nature of what is social in these contexts. The various drivers of these developments are explored, the range of instruments of social finance are outlined, and the emergent market structure in social finance is described. Current issues and debates are then summarized, before presenting brief synopses of the topics discussed in each of the chapters. The introduction concludes by outlining three scenarios for the future of social finance.

Keywords:   social finance, impact investment, blended value, quasi-equity, drivers of social finance, mission-related investment, socially responsible investment, structured finance, social finance intermediaries

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