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Intangible Investment In Japan: Measurement And Contribution To Economic Growth

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  • Kyoji Fukao
  • Tsutomu Miyagawa
  • Kentaro Mukai
  • Yukio Shinoda
  • Konomi Tonogi

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Following the approach of Corrado, Hulten, and Sichel (2005, 2006), we measure intangible investment and examine the contribution of intangible capital to economic growth in Japan. We find that the ratio of intangible investment to GDP in Japan has risen during the past 20 years and now stands at 11.1 percent, which is lower than the ratio estimated for the U.S. in the early 2000s. The ratio of intangible to tangible investment in Japan is also lower than equivalent values estimated for the U.S. In addition, we find that, in stark contrast to the U.S., where intangible capital grew rapidly in the late 1990s, the growth rate of intangible capital in Japan declined from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. Our conclusions regarding intangible investment in Japan remain largely unchanged even if, using data with respect to firm-specific resources, we take on-the-job training into account. Copyright 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation International Association for Research in Income and Wealth 2009.

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  • 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, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:55:y:2009:i:3:p:717-736
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