Modeling and Measuring Organization Capital

Posted: 15 Sep 2005

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Andrew Atkeson

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Patrick J. Kehoe

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis - Research Department; University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

Manufacturing plants have a clear life cycle: they are born small, grow substantially with age, and eventually die. Economists have long thought that this life cycle is driven by organization capital, the accumulation of plant-specific knowledge. The location of plants in the life cycle determines the size of the payments, or organization rents, plant owners receive from organization capital. These payments are compensation for the interest cost to plant owners of waiting for their plants to grow. We use a quantitative growth model of the life cycle of plants, along with U.S. data, to infer the overall size of these payments.

Suggested Citation

Atkeson, Andrew G. and Kehoe, Patrick J., Modeling and Measuring Organization Capital. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 113, pp. 1026-1053, October 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=799945

Andrew G. Atkeson

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Patrick J. Kehoe (Contact Author)

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Economics ( email )

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