Preliminary Program for IARIW-ESCoE Conference “Measuring Intangible Assets and Their Contribution to Growth”

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To be held at the RSA House, London, November 11-12, 2021 

(program as of August 18, 2021)

Day 1: Thursday, November 11, 2021

9.00 Registration

9.30-9:45. Opening Remarks by IARIW and ESCoE Officials

9:45-10:45 Keynote Address 

Dan Sichel (Wellesley College, United States)

10:45-11.15 Break


Session 1: Defining and Measuring Intangibles

Josh Martin (UK Office for National Statistics) “The F words: Why Surveying Businesses about Intangibles Is So Hard” Proposal

Leonard Nakamura (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia) “Deflating Intangible Investment: Some New Ideas and Estimates” Proposal

Thomas Niebel (ZEW Mannheim), Patrick Breithaupt (ZEW Mannheim), Reinhold Kesler (University of Zurich), and Christian Rammer (ZEW Mannheim) “Intangible Capital Indicators Based on Web Scraping of Social Media” Proposal

12:45- 14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Parallel Sessions. 

Session 2A: Management/Organisational Capital

Jakob Schneebacher (UK ONS) and Josh Martin (UK ONS) “Management Quality as an Intangible Asset: Initial Results from the Management and Expectations Survey 2020” Proposal

Takafumi Kawakubo (LSE/ESCoE), Nicholas Bloom (Stanford University), Paul Mizen (University of Nottingham), Rebecca Riley (ESCoE), Tatsuro Senga (Queen Mary University of London) and John Van Reenen (LSE) “Managing Expectations: How Better Managed Firms Make Better Macro and Micro Forecasts” Proposal

Wendy Li (Moon Economics Institute)  “Online Platforms’ Creative Disruption in Organizational Capital – the Accumulated Information of the Firm” Proposal

Session 2B: Measurement Issues in Intangible Capital I

Aimilia Protogerou (National Technical University of Athens), Yannis Caloghirou (National Technical University of Athens), Aggelos Tsakanikas (National Technical University of Athens), and Panagiotis Panagiotopoulos (National Technical University of Athens) “The Globalinto Large-scale Survey of Intangible Investments” Proposal

Tjaša Redek (University of Ljubljana), Mojca Bavdaž (University of Ljubljana), Eva Erjavec (University of Ljubljana) and Aleš Gorišek, (University of Ljubljana) “Conceptualizing  and Measuring Intangible Capital Using Existing EUROSTAT Survey Data Sources” Proposal

Hannu Piekkola (University of Vaasa), (Aarhus University), Marina Rybalka (Statistics Norway) and Tjaša Redek (University of Ljubljana) “Intangibles from Innovative Work – Their Valuation and Technological Change” Proposal

15.30 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 17.30 Parallel Sessions

Session 3A: Skills and Intangible Capital 

Lea Samek (OECD), Mariagrazia Squicciarini (OECD) and Emile Cammeraat (OECD) “Management, Skills and Productivity” Proposal

Gerrit Hugo van Heuvelen (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis), Leon Bettendorf (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis), Gerdien Meijerink (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis) and Daan Freeman (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis) “Intangible Investment, Labour Composition and Productivity” Proposal

David Stroll (Birkbeck College) “Collecting Firm Level Data on Intangible Assets” Proposal

Session 3B: Measurement Issues in Intangible Capital II

Anna Thum-Thysen (European Commission), Peter Voigt (European Commission) and Christoph Weiss (European Investment Bank) “Complementarities in Capital Formation and Production: Tangible and Intangible Assets across Europe” Proposal

Mary O’Mahony (King’s College London) and Martin Weale (King’s College London) “Depreciation and the Contribution of Intangibles” Proposal

Dennis Fixler (US Bureau of Economic Analysis) and Eva de Francisco (US Bureau of Economic Analysis) “The Reliability of the Contribution of Intellectual Property Products to GDP Growth” Proposal

Conference Dinner 

6:30 drinks, 7:00 dinner (location to be announced)

 Day 2: Friday, November 12, 2021  

9:30 – 11.00  

Session 4: Valuing Data

Carol A. Robbins (National Science Foundation), Gizem Korkmaz (University of Virginia), Ledia Guci (National Science Foundation), José B. Santiago Calderón (University of Virginia and Brandon L. Kramer (University of Virginia) “A First Look at Open Source Software Investment in the United States and in Other Countries, 2009-2019” Proposal

Diane Coyle (University of Cambridge) and Stephanie Diepeveen, (University of Cambridge) “Creating and Governing Value from Data” Proposal

Hugo de Bondt (Statistics Netherlands) and Nino Mushkudiani (Statistics Netherlands) “Estimating the Value of Data in the Netherlands” Proposal

11.00-11.30 Break


Session 5A: Productivity and Intangibles 

Alexander Himbert (OECD), Carol Corrado (The Conference Board), Chiara Criscuolo (OECD), Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College and the Bank of England) and Cecilia Jona-Lasinio (ISTAT and LUISS University) “The Role of Intangibles for Productivity Dispersion” Proposal

Corby Garner (US Bureau of Labor Statistics), Perter B. Meyer (US Bureau of Labor Statistics), Matthew Russell (US Bureau of Labor Statistics) and Leo Sveikauskas (US Bureau of Labor Statistics), “Intangible Capital and US Productivity Growth in 61 Industries” Proposal

Martin Borowiecki (OECD), Jon Pareliussen (OECD), Eun-Jung Kim (OECD), Michael Polder (CBS) and Iryna Rud (CBS) “Can Intangibles and Digital Adoption Lift Productivity Growth? Firm-level Evidence from the Netherlands” Proposal

Session 5B: Trade, Value Chains, and Intangibles

Cecilia Jona Lasinio (LUISS University and ISTAT), Valentina Meliciani (LUISS University) and Silvia Sopranzetti (Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance) “Organizational Capital and Global Value Chain Participation:  Strengthening Productivity Growth in the Digital Age” Proposal

Giacomo Oddo (Bank of Italy), Stefano Federico (Bank of Italy) and Nadia Accoto (Bank of Italy) “Trade in Services, Intangible Capital, and the Profit-shifting Hypothesis” Proposal

Ernst R. Berndt (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National Bureau of Economic Research) and Alvin J. Silk (Harvard Business School) “Aggregate Advertising Expenditures in the U.S. Economy: What’s Up?  Are They Real?” Proposal

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Keynote Address 

Jonathan Haskel – Imperial College and the Bank of England

15.00-15.30 Break

15.30-16.30 Closing Panel: Future Directions for Research on Intangible Assets

Day 3, Saturday, November 13, 2021 

11:00 AM – 2:30 PM 

Meet at Hampton Court Station at 11:00 AM