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Comprehensive wealth, intangible capital, and development

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  • Ferreira, Susana
  • Hamilton, Kirk

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Existing wealth estimates show that in most countries intangible capital is the largest share of total wealth. Intangible capital is calculated as the difference between total wealth and tangible (produced and natural) capital. This paper uses new estimates of total wealth, natural capital, and physical capital for a panel of countries to shed light on the constituents of the intangible capital residual. In a development-accounting framework, the authors show that factors of production are very successful in explaining the variation in output per worker when they use intangible capital instead of human capital as a factor of production. This suggests that intangible capital captures a broad range of assets typically included in the total factor productivity residual. Human capital is an important factor, both in statistical and economic terms, in regressions decomposing intangible capital.

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  • Ferreira, Susana & Hamilton, Kirk, 2010. "Comprehensive wealth, intangible capital, and development," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5452, The World Bank.
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    1. Daniel Cohen & Marcelo Soto, 2007. "Growth and human capital: good data, good results," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 51-76, March.
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    1. 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.

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    Economic Theory&Research; Banks&Banking Reform; Debt Markets; Investment and Investment Climate; Emerging Markets;

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