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Welcome to the cross-country intangible investment data website,

This site provides market sector data on intangible assets for 27 EU countries plus Norway plus the US.

The following paper, which we would be grateful if you could cite when using the data, describes the data sources and methods and sets out data description and analysis:

Corrado, Carol; Jonathan Haskel, Cecilia Jona-Lasinio and Massimiliano Iommi, (2012), "Intangible Capital and Growth Strategies for Advanced Economies: Measurement Methods and Comparative Results", Working Paper, Istat/Imperial College/LUISS/The Conference Board, March, available at

The data here are a combination of three projects: two funded by the European Commission (COINVEST and INNODRIVE under the 7th Framework Program) and one conducted by The Conference Board. For details, see,,

A brief description of the data is as follows:

1. The countries are, where available,

a. EU countries

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany (including ex-GDR from 1991), Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom,

b. Others

Norway, USA

2. The data are for the market sector, defined as NACE sectors A through K (excluding real estate) plus sector O. Note that EUKLEMS includes in addition to this sector P (private households). Data are the industry level are not available.

3. Data are for 1995-2009 or most recent year available.

4. The intangible assets are described in the paper cited above, section 3.1. They are

a. computerised information: software and databases

b. innovative property: R&D; design; product development in financial services; mineral exploration and spending on the production of artistic originals

c. economic competencies: market research; advertising: training: organisational capital (own account and purchased).

5. There are three data files,

a. Nominal investment. Nominal investment. This is described in section 3.2 of the paper.

b. Net capital stocks. This is built from a perpetual inventory method using the nominal investment data and deflators and depreciation, described in section 3.3. and 3.4 of the paper.

c. Other data: value added consistent with new intangibles treated as investment, hours worked, investment in tangible assets and total economy GDP.

-- JonathanHaskel - 24 May 2012

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