A Matter of Wealth, Intangible Wealth and Sustainable Development

• Author(s): Megi Marku • Published: June 2023
• Pages in paper: 24


Abstract

Wealth disparities among countries with varying levels of natural resources have been a long-standing topic of debate. Despite numerous hypotheses proposed over the years, a new concept has recently emerged that is gaining traction among scholars. This concept, known as intangible wealth, is derived from a World Bank study and comprises non-material factors such as human capital, institutional efficiency and effective governance. The intangible wealth hypothesis posits that these intangible factors play a crucial role in explaining the differences between poor and rich countries. By emphasising the importance of intangible wealth, this concept challenges conventional notions of wealth that focus solely on natural resources and material assets. Intangible wealth has emerged as a new concept that explains the differences in economic prosperity among countries. The concept emphasises the importance of factors such as human capital, institutional quality and efficient governance in promoting economic growth. Policymakers can use this concept as a framework for developing policies that promote sustainable economic growth. By focusing on intangible assets, countries can create an environment that is conducive to economic prosperity.



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