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American Economic Journal:Macroeconomics
Studies of organizational learning and forgetting identify potential channels through which the firm's production experience is lost. These channels have differing implications for efficient resource allocation within the firm, but their relative importance has been ignored to date. We develop a framework for distinguishing the contributions of labor turnover and human capital depreciation to organizational forgetting. We apply our framework to a novel dataset of ambulance companies and their workforce. We find evidence of organizational forgetting, which results from skill decay and turnover effects. The latter has twice the magnitude of the former.
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David, G., & Brachet, T. (2011). On the Determinants of Organizational Forgetting. American Economic Journal:Macroeconomics, 3 (3), 100-123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/mic.3.3.100
Date Posted: 27 November 2017
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