Learning by Observation within the Firm
AbstractThis paper studies the effects of learning by observation on the production and wage decisions of a firm . Workers can improve their productivity by observing others within the firm. The firm chooses a wage profile, which determines the amount of research done within the firm. Some workers may choose to free ride on the research of others. We examine whether the firm will have increasing returns to scale in production. It turns out that the production function either satisfies the efficiency wage hypothesis, or has increasing returns to scale. The objectives of the firm determine which of the two regions its production schedule lies in.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Cambridge - Risk, Information & Quantity Signals in its series Papers with number 187.
Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 1993
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Postal: UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, RESEARCH PROJECT ON RISK, INFORMATION AND QUANTITY SIGNALS IN ECONOMICS(E.S.R.C.), DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED ECONOMICS, SIDGWICK AV. CAMBRIDGE CB3 9DEDE U.K..
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production ; wages ; productivity;
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- Dutta, J. & Prasad, K., 1993. "Learning by Observation Within the Firm," Working Papers 1993_07_03, Department of Economics, Florida State University.
- DUTTA, Jayasri & PRASAD, Kislaya, 1993. "Learning by Observation within the Firm," CORE Discussion Papers 1993026, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
- D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
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