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Does Inertia Pay Off? Empirical assessment of an evolutionary-ecological model of human capital decisions at firm level

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  • Aurora Teixeira

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This paper empirically assesses the validity of a model which combines organisational ecology and evolutionary theory to analyse human capital accumulation decisions at firm level. The main argument of the model is that factors underlying the process of plants’ reproduction, especially the process of fission, must be isolated and related to the economic motivations of employers to hire top educated and highly skilled people. Inert behaviour in human capital accumulation decisions stands here as a rational outcome. Logistic estimates, based on the whole population of plants of the Portuguese textiles, provide statistical evidence corroborating the fission hypothesis. This evidence constitutes a critical examination of the mainstream economics concerning the demand side of human capital.

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  • Aurora Teixeira, 2003. "Does Inertia Pay Off? Empirical assessment of an evolutionary-ecological model of human capital decisions at firm level," FEP Working Papers 124, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
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    1. Sandra Silva, 2009. "On evolutionary technological change and economic growth: Lakatos as a starting point for appraisal," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 19(1), pages 111-135, February.
    2. Maria do Rosario Correia & Scott C. Linn & Andrew Marshall, 2004. "An Empirical Investigation of Debt Contract Design: The Determinants of the Choice of Debt Terms in Eurobond Issues," FEP Working Papers 148, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
    3. Jorge M. S. Valente, 2004. "Local and global dominance conditions for the weighted earliness scheduling problem with no idle time," FEP Working Papers 156, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.

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    Human capital; population ecology theory; evolutionary theory; Inertia; Fission; textiles; Portugal;

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