Investment in intangibles by type of asset

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Investment in intangibles by type of asset

% of GDP

  Innovative Property2.
  Economic Competencies3.964.094.314.524.634.864.894.854.924.904.934.73
  Innovative Property1.861.851.781.741.771.891.891.962.011.971.921.93
  Economic Competencies4.204.184.394.454.914.484.704.834.854.954.914.99
  Innovative Property2.762.802.802.872.962.993.
  Economic Competencies3.734.204.154.304.
  Innovative Property2.802.832.792.852.982.953.
  Economic Competencies2.622.622.582.562.552.492.442.452.372.352.362.45
  Innovative Property2.072.262.322.352.482.462.552.732.932.922.922.90
  Economic Competencies3.143.243.313.383.363.363.363.383.493.483.443.38
United Kingdom
  Innovative Property2.532.422.602.682.552.542.522.522.522.422.542.65
  Economic Competencies4.534.704.704.524.394.354.344.344.424.294.644.38

Regional data

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  •  24/05/2019

The indicator provides the gross fixed capital formation at current prices (as a percentage of GDP) for 3 categories of intangibles:

  • computerised information (software and databases),
  • innovative property (R&D; design; product development in financial services; mineral exploration and spending on the production of artistic originals),
  • economic competencies (market research; advertising: training: organisational capital (own account and purchased)).

The indicator comes from the INTAN-Invest database. INTAN-invest is a research collaboration dedicated to improving the measurement and analysis of intangible assets. INTAN-Invest disseminates harmonized cross-county data on intangible investment by industry covering 15 EU countries and the United States from 1995 on. Among the intangible assets listed above, only a few are currently capitalised in national accounts (SNA 2008/ESA 2010): R&D, mineral exploration, computer software and databases, and entertainment, literary and artistic originals. Design, branding, new financial products, organisational capital and firm-provided training are new estimated intangible assets. The following paper describes the methods and sources used to build the estimates: C. Corrado, J. Haskel, C. Jona-Lasinio , M. Iommi (2016). “Intangible investment in the EU and US before and since the Great Recession and its contribution to productivity growth,” in “Investment and Investment Finance in Europe” , Chapter 2, p. 73-102, European Investment Bank Report, November 2016. (

Other languages

  • Investissement intangible
  • Investeringen in immateriële activa

Source: INTAN-Invest database.