Smart Public Intangibles (SPINTAN)

The SPINTAN project aims at discovering the theoretical and empirical underpins of public intangible policies. It widens previous work carried out by Corrado, Hulten and Sichel (2005, 2009) including the public sector in their analytical framework in different complementary directions that can be summarized in the following three objectives:
(1) to build a public intangible database for a wide set of EU countries, complemented with some big non-EU countries;
(2) to analyze the impact of public sector intangibles on innovation, well-being and “smart” growth (including education, R&D and innovation, and the construction of a digital society); and
(3) to pay special attention to the medium/long term consequences of austerity policies in view of the expected recovery.

In cooperation with:

  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES)
  • Imperial College London (ICL)
  • Valencian Institute of Economic Research (Ivie)
  • Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat)
  • Kopint-Tárki Institute for Economic Research Co. (Kopint)
  • Guido Carli Free International University for Social Studies (LUISS)
  • National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • The Conference Board Europe (link)
  • Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw)
  • Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Project management: Dr. Marianne Saam

Contact: Dr. Marianne Saam (saam[at]

Duration: 01.12.2013 - 30.11.2016

Funding: European Comission, DG Research

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