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Intangible Capital

Intangible Capital

Its Contribution to Economic Growth, Well-being and Rationality

John F. Tomer

John F. Tomer, Professor of Economics, Manhattan College, New York, US

2008 296 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 088 4
ebook isbn 978 1 78195 303 7

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‘Tomer extends and deepens his original formulation of intangible capital, providing an analytical framework for better understanding macro and microeconomic phenomenon and why and how society and individuals fall below potential. A key strength of Tomer’s approach is that he broadens traditional economic analyses, demonstrating how both theory and one’s insights into socio-economic reality can be enriched by integrating often difficult to formulize concepts into our modeling framework. Tomer provides us with a challenging and important contribution to economic analysis, enticing us to explore the important types of capital that have for too long been locked out of the economist's toolbox.’
– Morris Altman, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Contents
Contents: Part I: Intangible Capital Part II: Intangible Capital, Economic Growth and Change Part III: Intangible Capital, Human Well-Being and Rationality Part IV: Implications for Government Policy and the Discipline of Economics Part V: Summing Up Index

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‘Tomer provides a well-timed contribution to the discussion on the importance of the softer side of human capital, or the wetware connecting cognitive knowledge and physical inputs. The volume will appeal to those interested in heterodox economics, as well as those interested in exploring the overlap between economics, political science, philosophy, and psychology.’
– Carol A. Robbins, Eastern Economic Journal

‘Tomer extends and deepens his original formulation of intangible capital, providing an analytical framework for better understanding macro and microeconomic phenomenon and why and how society and individuals fall below potential. A key strength of Tomer’s approach is that he broadens traditional economic analyses, demonstrating how both theory and one’s insights into socio-economic reality can be enriched by integrating often difficult to formulize concepts into our modeling framework. Tomer provides us with a challenging and important contribution to economic analysis, enticing us to explore the important types of capital that have for too long been locked out of the economist’s toolbox.’
– Morris Altman, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Despite increasing research efforts, there is still much confusion regarding the nature and contribution of the most intangible forms of capital. This book develops a comprehensive and unifying conception of intangible capital in order to understand its role with respect to economic growth, well-being, and rationality. As the book illustrates, utilizing the intangible capital concept enables many new and important economic insights. Intangible capital is defined to include standard human capital, noncognitive human capital (including personal capital), social capital, and other intangible manifestations of human capacity. Understanding intangible capital is a key to realizing the full human potential of our economic systems.

Explaining how the main components of intangible capital contribute to economic growth, this book will be of great interest to social scientists in the fields of heterodox, behavioural and social economics, social capital, HRM, and economic and organizational change. It will also be of considerable value to government policymakers and business managers interested in the role and implications of intangible capital and intangible assets for productivity, growth and the performance of firms. Philosophers and psychologists, among others, should find the chapters dealing with intangible capital in relation to well-being and rationality of particular interest.

Full table of contents

Contents:

PART I: INTANGIBLE CAPITAL
1. Introduction

2. Intangible Capital: A Comprehensive and Unifying View

PART II: INTANGIBLE CAPITAL, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND CHANGE
3. The Contribution of Intangible Capital to Economic Growth: An Overview

4. Understanding High Performance Work Systems: The Contribution of Organizational Capital

5. The Impact of Organizational Capital on Economic Performance: Evidence from Netherlands-based Multinational Corporations
Bart Eikelenboom

6. Personal Capital and Emotional Intelligence: An Increasingly Important Intangible Source of Economic Growth

7. Intangible Factors in the Eastern European Transition: A Socio-Economic Analysis

PART III: INTANGIBLE CAPITAL, HUMAN WELL-BEING AND RATIONALITY
8. Human Well-Being: A New Approach that Considers the Overall Quality of People’s Lives

9. Addictions Are Not Rational: A Socio-economic Model of Addictive Behavior

10. True Preferences, Metapreferences, and Actual Preferences: A Socio-economic Model of Preference Formation

11. Beyond the Rationality of Economic Man, Toward the True Rationality of Human Man

PART IV: IMPLICATIONS FOR GOVERNMENT POLICY AND THE DISCIPLINE OF ECONOMICS
12. Government Policy and Intangible Capital

13. Why We Need a Commitment Approach to Environmental Policy
with Thomas R. Sadler

14. Economic Man versus Heterodox Men: The Concepts of Human Nature in Schools of Economic Thought

PART V: SUMMING UP
15. Conclusion: Intangible Capital and the Human Potential of the Socio-economy

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