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Treating Intangible Inputs As Investment Goods

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  • Nazim Belhocine

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This paper constructs a data set to document firms'' expenditures on an identifiable list of intangible items and examines the implications of treating intangible spending as an acquisition of final (investment) goods on GDP growth for Canada. It finds that investment in intangible capital by 2002 is almost as large as the investment in physical capital. This result is in line with similar findings for the U.S. and the U.K. Furthermore, the growth in GDP and labor productivity may be underestimated by as much as 0.1 percentage point per year during this same period.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 09/240.

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Length: 21
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:09/240

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Keywords: Capital transactions; Data collection; Economic growth; Gross domestic product; Labor productivity; National income accounts; r & d; national income; gdp growth; real gdp; patents; capital formation; research and development; r & d expenditure; r & d spending; industrial r & d; r & d expenditures; overall r & d; growth accounting; growth rate; r & d surveys; consumption expenditure; gdp deflator; scientific research; r & d activities;

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  1. Kyoji Fukao & Tsutomu Miyagawa & Kentaro Mukai & Yukio Shinoda & Konomi Tonogi, 2009. "Intangible Investment In Japan: Measurement And Contribution To Economic Growth," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 55(3), pages 717-736, 09.
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Cited by:
  1. Stefano Giglio & Tiago Severo, 2011. "Intangible Capital, Relative Asset Shortages and Bubbles," Levine's Working Paper Archive 786969000000000121, David K. Levine.
  2. Dutz, Mark A. & Kannebley, Sergio Jr. & Scarpelli, Maira & Sharma, Siddharth, 2012. "Measuring intangible assets in an emerging market economy: an application to Brazil," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6142, The World Bank.
  3. MORIKAWA Masayuki, 2012. "Financial Constraints in Intangible Investments: Evidence from Japanese firms," Discussion papers 12045, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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