Smart Public Intangibles (SPINTAN)

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, 7th Framework Programme


The SPINTAN project aimed at discovering the theoretical and empirical underpins of public intangible policies. It widened previous work carried out by Corrado, Hulten and Sichel (2005, 2009) including the public sector in their analytical framework in different complementary directions. The project had the following three objectives: (1) to build a public intangible database for a wide set of EU countries, complemented with some big non-EU countries, (2) to analyze the impact of public sector intangibles on innovation, well-being and “smart” growth (including education, R&D and innovation, and the construction of a digital society), and (3) to pay special attention to the medium/long term consequences of austerity policies in view of the expected recovery. wiiw was involved in the methodological and conceptual work to identify the relevant assets and has provided data for the new Member States and Austria to produce the envisaged cross-country harmonised database of public sector intangibles. It also contributed to work on spillovers from intangibles and on austerity & recovery, focusing on the effects of government spending in an international input-output framework.


December 2013 - November 2016


wiiw team Leader

Robert Stehrer

wiiw Staff

Ronald Hartwig, Monika Schwarzhappel, Alexandra Bykova, Sebastian Leitner, Serkan Çiçek

Project Partners

Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas (IVIE, Coordinator), National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), Libera Universita Internazionale degli Studi sociali Guido Carli (LUISS), Istituto nazionale di statistica (ISTAT), Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (IC), The Conference Board Europe (TCB), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung E.V. (DIW), Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES), Kopint-Tárki Economic Research Institute Ltd. (KOPINT)


SPINTAN database on intangibles in the Public sector (1995-2012) and Real Time data (2013-2015).

Keywords: competitiveness; innovation; services

Countries covered: EU-28

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI, Sectoral studies, Other