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Title:Measuring intangible capital and its contribution to economic growth in Europe PDF Logo
Authors:van Ark, Bart
Hao, Janet X.
Corrado, Carol
Hulten, Charles
Issue Date:2009
Citation:[Journal:] EIB Papers [ISSN:] 0257-7755 [Volume:] 14 [Year:] 2009 [Issue:] 1 [Pages:] 62-93
Abstract:This study describes the state of the art in the measurement of intangible capital and its contribution to economic growth, with a focus on an international comparison of intangible investment intensity and intangible capital deepening among eleven advanced economies. By employing a broad measure of intangibles, including computerized information, innovative property and economic competencies, we find a relatively large impact on growth. Intangible capital explains about a quarter of labour-productivity growth in the US and larger countries of the EU. The continental West-European countries show a distinction between countries with significant contributions from intangible capital deepening and a group of laggards. Catching-up countries such as the Czech Republic, Greece and Slovakia show much larger contributions from tangible capital deepening than from intangibles, and also larger multi-factor productivity (MFP) growth rates related to the restructuring of those economies.
Document Type:Article
Appears in Collections:EIB Papers, European Investment Bank (EIB)

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