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The economic meaning of ‘intangible capital’ (according to World Bank research)


  • Marina, Ledeneva


In the following article, it will be proven on the basis of correlation analysis that ‘intangible capital,’ interpreted by the World Bank as both human capital and the quality of the institutions supporting economic activity, in fact represents the actual capacities of a given country to export non-commodity goods. The significant amount of ‘intangible capital’ found in highly developed countries lies in sharp contrast to the relatively smaller amount found in Russia; explained by its colonial-type trade system and the multiplier effect of added value.

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  • Marina, Ledeneva, 2010. "The economic meaning of ‘intangible capital’ (according to World Bank research)," MPRA Paper 27559, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:27559

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    intangible capital; national wealth; added value; unequal exchange; export of raw materials;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • E01 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Measurement and Data on National Income and Product Accounts and Wealth; Environmental Accounts
    • F54 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Colonialism; Imperialism; Postcolonialism

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