IARIW-ESCoE Conference on Intangible Capital


IARIW-ESCoE Conference on Intangible Capital


11 November 2021 — 12 November 2021


The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW), in partnership with ESCoE, is hosting a conference on the measurement of intangible investments and their implications for growth and productivity at RSA House, London, 11-12 November 2021. Due to the continuing uncertainty over restrictions on travel and gatherings in the late Spring, we had to postpone the originally planned date of 24-25 June 2021 and change the original venue of King’s College London.

The main aim of the conference is to bring together academics, statisticians, policymakers and other data users, interested in the measurement of intangibles, to take forward an agenda for understanding the importance of these rapidly growing investments. The keynote addresses will be given by Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London; and Dan Sichel, Professor of Economics, Wellesley College, United States. 

The preliminary programme is available here.

Papers were invited that contribute to discussions of measurement of intangible assets and investment in intangibles: 

  • At the aggregate, sector and firm level 
  • Inclusion in National Accounts 
  • Depreciation and deflators 
  • Spillovers and complementarities in production 
  • Difficulties due to globalization 
  • Social versus private values 
  • Survey methods for data collection 
  • Reporting standards and transparency 

And to discussions of emerging intangibles: 

  • Public sector, including health and education 
  • Human Capital 
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data 
  • Management 
  • Networks and Platforms 
  • Open Source software 

We particularly encouraged papers that make use of Big Data to improve measures of intangible capital and we also welcomed papers that address these themes in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The deadline for submissions was 31 October 2020. Decisions on accepted proposals will be made by 15 December 2020. The deadline for the submission of full papers to the IARIW secretariat for posting on the IARIW website is 31 May 2021. 

Selected papers from this conference will be published in a supplementary issue of the Review of Income and Wealth (RIW). The deadline for papers to be considered for this issue of the RIW is 30 September 2021.