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New Intangibles for European Growth

Welcome to the GLOBALINTO website. The GLOBALINTO project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Program (February 2019 – January 2022).

GLOBALINTO seeks to develop new measures of intangible assets in order to analyze the role of knowledge production and diffusion for innovation, productivity and growth.

GLOBALINTO Biannual meeting held on May 25, 2021. For more information, see here.

NEW paper – Intangible Capital and Firm-Level Productivity – Evidence from Germany by Felix Roth, Ali Sen and Christian Rammer

Workshop summary – Intangibles, value chains and productivity

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Study of corporate investments in intangible assets and their impact on firm performance

The GLOBALINTO project is currently conducting a survey of investments in intangibles in seven countries across Europe (Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Slovenia, United Kingdom). This study seeks to develop a more complete view of business spending on intangible or “soft” assets, such as R&D, training, software, databases, design, reputation and branding, organisation and business process improvement, the determinants of these investments and their link with enterprise performance. In addition, we investigate the impact of Covid-19 crisis on the level of these investments as well as on other issues such as business strategy change.

Data collection will be carried out by Global Data Collection Company (GDCC) on behalf of the project. For further information on the survey, please contact Mojca Bavdaž (


Inequality, intangibles and growth – See workshop summary

How is inequality related to innovation and productivity? Intangibles investments are seen as a key driver of productivity growth, but do efforts to promote intangibles and innovation increase inequalities? And how do disparities among employees and among firms influence the impact of intangibles on technological change and growth?

Thanks to workshop panelists Liza Archanskaia, Giuseppe Berlingieri, Amos Zehavi & Wim Naudé, and to the over 50 participants who attended! A workshop summary is now ready that outlines presentations and policy discussions on the role of inequality for innovation policy.

The Horizon 2020 GLOBALINTO project invites to a workshop to explore the role of inequalities for knowledge creation and growth. At the workshop, we will both present work from the project and host a panel discussion on inequalities and intangibles.

Date & time: Tuesday February 16, 2021. 14.00-16.00 CET

Please contact to register.

See the workshop summary here
Workshop April 13, 2021

Intangibles, Global Value Chains and Productivity Growth - Workshop summary

Intangibles, Global Value Chains and Productivity Growth - GLOBALINTO online workshop
The role of the diffusion of knowledge across countries and the participation of firms in Global Value Chains (GVCs) has gained increasing attention in recent years. This workshop examines the relationship between intangibles, GVC participation and productivity. The workshop will include presentations of recent findings and of the newly constructed GLOBALINTO Input-Output Intangibles Database that con-tains data on intangibles (and additional related competitiveness metrics) from 56 2-digit NACE Rev.2 industries for EU-27 European Union and UK.
The workshop was held on the 13th of April 2021 and included presentations by pro-ject members Senior Research Fellow Felix Roth of the University of Hamburg, As-sociate Professor Aggelos Tsakanikas of the National Technical University of Athens and Professor Ahmed Bounfour and Postdoc and Alberto Nonnis of the University of Paris-Saclay.

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