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Decomposing Learning by Doing in New Plants


  • Bahk, Byong-Hong
  • Gort, Michael


This paper examines learning by doing in the context of a production function in which the other arguments are labor, human capital, physical capital, and vintage as a proxy for embodied technical change in physical capital. Learning is further decomposed into organization learning, capital learning, and manual task learning. The model is tested with time-series and cross-section data for various samples of up to 2,150 plants over a fourteen-year period. Copyright 1993 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Bahk, Byong-Hong & Gort, Michael, 1993. "Decomposing Learning by Doing in New Plants," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 101(4), pages 561-583, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:101:y:1993:i:4:p:561-83

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