Smart Public Intangibles (SPINTAN)

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, 7th Framework Programme


The main two aims of this project were to build a public intangible database for a wide set of EU countries and some other big non-EU countries, and to analyse the impact of public sector intangibles on innovation, well-being and ‘smart’ growth. Special attention was paid 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)

Keywords: competitiveness; innovation; services

Countries covered: EU-28

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