The SPINTAN project aimed at discovering the theoretical and empirical underpins of public intangible policies. It widened previous work carried out by Corrado, Hulten and Sichel (2005, 2009) including the public sector in their analytical framework in different complementary directions that can be summarized in the following three objectives:
- To build a public intangible database for a wide set of EU countries, complemented with some big non-EU countries.
- 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).
- To pay special attention to the medium/long term consequences of austerity policies in view of the expected recovery.