Tangible and Intangible Assets in the Growth Performance of the EU, Japan and the US


Amat Adarov and Robert Stehrer

wiiw Research Report No. 442, October 2019
44 pages including 12 Tables and 26 Figures

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This paper discusses new results using the EU KLEMS 2019 Release focussing on the role of ICT and intangibles assets employing a growth accounting framework and an econometric analysis. The EU KLEMS 2019 data covers most EU Member States, the US and Japan, forty detailed industries according to NACE Rev. 2 (ISIC Rev. 4) along with nine aggregated industries and spans over the period 1995-2017. In particular, intangible assets outside the boundaries of the national accounts are taken into account. The data are used to study total factor productivity, labour and capital productivity developments in a comparative cross-country and cross-industry dimension with an emphasis on the role of capital investments. Inter alia, the analysis studies the implications of various asset types and particularly the role of ICT and intangible capital, as well as changes in labour services and the composition thereof, as drivers of value added and labour productivity growth. Significant differences in the underlying growth contributions between the pre-crisis and post-crisis periods in growth performances are highlighted.

A comparative analysis based on the EU KLEMS Release 2019
The paper is written as part of the project ‘Industry level growth and productivity data with special focus on intangible assets’ under the Service Contract No. ECFIN-116-2018/SI2.784491 financed by the European Commission, DG ECFIN.
We would like to thank Dale Jorgenson and participants of the Asian KLEMS conference (14-15 October 2019, Bejing) for useful comments.


Keywords: EU KLEMS, growth accounting, tangible and tangible assets, ICT and non-ICT capital, productivity and growth

JEL classification: C82, D24, O47

Countries covered: European Union, Japan, USA

Research Areas: Sectoral studies