How Much Did The Liberty Shipbuilders Forget?
AbstractThis paper produces new estimates of the rate of organizational forgetting in the well-known case study of US wartime ship production. I show that estimation is easily colored by problems of unobserved product heterogeneity and sensitivity to specification of the learning curve. Using data recently constructed from primary sources at the National Archives, I produce new estimates of organizational forgetting at the rate of no more than 4 percent, and possibly less than zero percent, per month. These are much smaller rates than previously reported. However, the paper also stresses the fact that our ability to obtain reliable estimates of rates of organizational forgetting is extremely limited.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Florida International University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0301.
Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2003
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learning by doing; organizational forgetting; technological change;
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- L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
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