Japan's Intangible Capital and Valuation of Corporations in a Neoclassical Framework

Hiroki Arato, Katsunori Yamada
2011 Social Science Research Network  
Employing a new accounting data set, this paper estimates the value of productive capital stocks in Japan using the neoclassical model of McGrattan and Prescott (2005). We compare those estimates to actual corporate valuations, and show that the actual value of equity plus net debt falls within a reasonable range of the theory's prediction for the value of Japanese corporations during the periods 1981-86 and 1993-97. This finding differs from previous results based on studies of aggregate data
more » ... of aggregate data sets or based on studies of micro data sets that neglected intangible capital. We also show that the Japanese ratio of the amount of intangible capital stock to the amount of tangible capital stock is comparable to the analogous ratios for the U.S. and U.K.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1554742 fatcat:jtv56kdlrncodntx6kb4eeqkrq