UK investment in intangible assets

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UK investment in intangible assets

This report provides an update on estimates of the level of UK market sector investment in knowledge assets.

Nesta Working Paper 14/02
Issued: March 2014
JEL Classification: O47, E22, E01
Keywords: Innovation, knowledge, intangibles, investment, capital

Abstract

This report provides an update on estimates of the level of UK market sector investment in knowledge assets. Our main findings are:

  1. In 2011 the UK market sector invested £137.5bn in knowledge assets, compared to £89.8bn in tangible assets;
  2. Since the recession of 2008-9, intangible investment has recovered and grew in 2010-11. In contrast investment in tangible assets has been flat;
  3. Within intangible investment, the asset categories for which the most investment is observed in 2011 are: workforce training (£33.6bn); organisational change (£25.5bn); and software (£24.3bn).

Authors

Peter Goodridge, Jonathan Haskel, Gavin Wallis

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