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Title: Intangible assets and labour productivity growth
Author: Hintzmann Colominas, Carolina
Lladós Masllorens, Josep
Ramos Lobo, Raul
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Universitat de Barcelona
Keywords: intangible capital
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2021
Publisher: Economies
Citation: Hintzmann, C., Lladós-Masllorens, J., & Ramos, R. (2021). Intangible Assets and Labor Productivity Growth. Economies, 9(2), 82. doi:10.3390/economies9020082
Abstract: We examine the contribution to labor productivity growth in the manufacturing sector of investment in different intangible asset categories¿computerized information, innovative property, and economic competencies¿for a set of 18 European countries between 1995 and 2017, as well as whether this contribution varies between different groups of countries. The motivation is to go a step further and identify which single or combination of intangible assets are relevant. The main findings can be summarized as follows. Firstly, all the three different categories of intangible assets contribute to labor productivity growth. In particular, intangible assets related to economic competences together with innovative property assets have been identified as the main drivers; specifically, advertising and marketing, organizational capital, research and development (R&D) investment, and design. Secondly, splitting the sample of European Union (EU) member states into three groups¿northern, central and southern Europe¿allows for the identification of a significant differentiated behavior between and within groups, in terms of the effects of investment in intangible assets on labor productivity growth. We conclude that measures promoting investment in intangibles at EU level should be accompanied by specific measures focusing on each country¿s needs, for the purpose of promoting labor productivity growth. The obtained evidence suggests that the solution for the innovation deficit of some European economies consist not only of raising R&D expenditure, but also exploiting complementarities between different types of assets.
Language: English
ISSN: 2227-7099MIAR
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