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Measuring Organization Capital

  • Andrew Atkeson
  • Patrick J. Kehoe

In the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy, nearly 9% of output is not accounted for as payments to either physical capital or labor. The value of this output is a little larger than the value of the stock of physical capital. We build a model to measure how much of this output can be attributed to payments to organization capital-organization-specific knowledge that is built up with experience. We find that roughly 4% of output can be accounted for as payments to organization capital and that this capital has roughly two-thirds the value of the stock of physical capital.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 8722.

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Date of creation: Jan 2002
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Publication status: published as Atkeson, Andrew and Patrick J. Kehoe. “Modeling and Measuring Organization Capital." Journal of Political Economy 113, 5 (October 2005): 1026-1053.
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  1. Hopenhayn, Hugo & Rogerson, Richard, 1993. "Job Turnover and Policy Evaluation: A General Equilibrium Analysis," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 101(5), pages 915-38, October.
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