International Economics and Economic Policy

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 211–219 | Cite as

Intangible investments and international business cycles

  • Guido BaldiEmail author
  • André Bodmer
Original Paper


Intangible capital is an increasingly important factor of production in advanced economies. Governments in Europe and elsewhere promote investment in intangible assets. However, the potential role of intangibles for business cycles and the international transmission of shocks is not well understood. In this paper, we investigate the international business cycle effects of intangible capital. To this aim, we build an otherwise standard two-country real business cycle model augmented by a production sector for intangibles and allow for the non-rivalrous use of intangible capital in the production of final output goods and new intangibles. We find that a model including intangibles is associated with international co-movement of tangible investment, which is a feature observed in the data that many models fail to produce.


International business cycles Investment Intangible capital 



We thank the anonymous referees for useful comments and suggestions. In addition, comments by various seminar participants are gratefully acknowledged. All remaining errors are the responsibility of the authors. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the institutions to which the authors are affiliated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)BerlinGermany

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