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Measuring Organization Capital

Andrew Atkeson, Patrick J. Kehoe

NBER Working Paper No. 8722
Issued in January 2002
NBER Program(s):   EFG   PR

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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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w8722

Published: 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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