Do Management Interventions Last? Evidence from India
- American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Forthcoming)
We revisited Indian weaving firms nine years after a randomized experiment that changed their management practices. While about half of the practices adopted in
the original experimental plants had been dropped, there was still a large and
significant gap in practices between the treatment and control plants, suggesting
lasting impacts of effective management interventions. Few practices had spread
across the firms in the study, but many had spread within firms. Managerial turnover and the lack of director time were two of the most cited reasons for the drop in management practices, highlighting the importance of key employees.
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