Research Project

Smart Public Intangibles (SPINTAN)

Department(s)/ Research Infrastructure
Firms and Markets
Project Status
Completed Project
Project Duration
since/from 2013 to 2016
In Cooperation with
Department Public Economics, DIW Berlin; javascript:{}Ivie), Spain; NIESR, United Kingdom; LUISS, Italy; Istat, Italy; IC, United Kingdom; TCBE, United States; OECD, France; ZEW, Germany; wiiw, Austria; FORES, Sweden; Kopint, Hungary.
Project Manager
Martin Gornig
Project Team/Contacts at DIW Berlin



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 612774.


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 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.

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Diskussionspapiere extern (2016)

Intangible Capital: Complement or Substitute in the Creation of Public Goods?

Alexander Schiersch, Martin Gornig
Diskussionspapiere extern (2016)

Depreciation of Organizational Capital: The Team Value

Bernd Görzig, Martin Gornig
Diskussionspapiere extern (2015)

The Assessment of Depreciation in the Case of Intangible Assets

Bernd Görzig, Martin Gornig