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Knowledge-based hierarchies: using organizations to understand the economy

Garicano, Luis and Rossi-Hansberg, Esteban (2015) Knowledge-based hierarchies: using organizations to understand the economy. Annual Review of Economics, 7 (1). pp. 1-30. ISSN 1941-1383

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Identification Number: 10.1146/annurev-economics-080614-115748


Incorporating the decision of how to organize the acquisition, use, and communication of knowledge into economic models is essential to understand a wide variety of economic phenomena. We survey the literature that has used knowledge-based hierarchies to study issues such as the evolution of wage inequality, the growth and productivity of firms, economic development, and the gains from international trade, as well as offshoring and the formation of international production teams. We also review the nascent empirical literature that has, so far, confirmed the importance of organizational decisions and many of their more salient implications.

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Additional Information: © 2015 by Annual Reviews
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D83 - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L23 - Organization of Production
Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 14:11
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:58

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