Intangible Assets: Measuring and Enhancing Their Contribution to Corporate Value and Economic Growth

Intangible Assets: Measuring and Enhancing Their Contribution to Corporate Value and Economic Growth

By: National Research Council (author), Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (author), Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (author), Committee on National Statistics (author), Policy and Global Affairs (author), Christopher Mackie (editor)Paperback

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Intangible assets--which include computer software, research and development (R&D), intellectual property, workforce training, and spending to raise the efficiency and brand identification of firms--comprise a subset of services, which, in turn, accounts for three-quarters of all economic activity. Increasingly, intangibles are a principal driver of the competitiveness of U.S.-based firms, economic growth, and opportunities for U.S. workers. Yet, despite these developments, many intangible assets are not reported by companies, and, in the national economic accounts, they are treated as expenses rather than investments. On June 23, 2008, a workshop was held to examine measurement of intangibles and their role in the U.S. and global economies. The workshop, summarized in the present volume, included discussions of a range of policy-relevant topics, including: what intangibles are and how they work; the variety and scale of emerging markets in intangibles; and what the government's role should be in supporting markets and promoting investment in intangibles.


1 Front Matter; 2 1 Overview; 3 2 Intangible Assets in a Knowledge Economy; 4 3 Macroeconomic Implications of Intangible Assets; 5 4 Intangibles in the Firm and in Financial Markets; 6 5 Intangibles and Government Measurement; 7 6 Intangibles and Government Policy; 8 References; 9 Appendix: Workshop Agenda; 10 Committee on National Statistics; 11 Science, Technology, and Economic Policy Board

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  • ISBN13: 9780309144148
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 124
  • ID: 9780309144148
  • ISBN10: 0309144140

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