Forgetting the learning curve for a moment

How much performance is unrelated to own experience?

Marco Huesch, Mariko Sakakibara

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Abstract

Volume-outcome relationships are of clear importance for most participants in the health-care industry; research and appropriate policy implications are of critical importance. In this letter we critique the prevailing 'learning-by-doing' view in cardiac surgery. We illustrate the very wide disparity in empirical findings on volume-outcome relationships there, in the context of broader open issues in 'learning curves' in general. Potential complementary mechanisms, e.g. 'social learning by knowledge spillovers' are introduced; these cast into doubt the prevailing policy recommendations of simple regionalization and volume smoothing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-862
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Economics
Volume18
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 21 2009

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Huesch, Marco ; Sakakibara, Mariko. / Forgetting the learning curve for a moment : How much performance is unrelated to own experience?. In: Health Economics. 2009 ; Vol. 18, No. 7. pp. 855-862.
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