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The Ebbinghaus Effect and the Implications of Net Learning for the Performance of Production Systems, with Some Experimental Results

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  • V. Heinrich Amavilah

    (Glendale College)

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This abstract will be reformatted upon A simple Ebbinghaus model suggests that the policy implications of gross learning for the performance of production systems can be misleading. The rates of net learning tend to be transitory such that knowledge accumulation and diffusion processes thereof take longer to bear fruit than conventional learning models would indicate. Consequently, continuous retooling and retraining of production systems are necessary conditions for offsetting the effects of forgetting on gross learning.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Experimental with number 0307002.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jul 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpex:0307002

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Keywords: Ebbinghaus effect; gross and net learning; forgetting;

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  1. Young, Alwyn, 1991. "Learning by Doing and the Dynamic Effects of International Trade," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 106(2), pages 369-405, May.
  2. Arifovic, Jasmina & Bullard, James & Duffy, John, 1997. " The Transition from Stagnation to Growth: An Adaptive Learning Approach," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 2(2), pages 185-209, July.
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  5. C. Lanier Benkard, 1999. "Learning and Forgetting: The Dynamics of Aircraft Production," NBER Working Papers 7127, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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