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Decision Sciences Seminar

Wednesday March 06, 2013

Time:

11:00AM - 12:30PM

 

Description

Noah Gans
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Notes

Optimal Hiring and Retention Policies for Heterogeneous Workers who Learn

We study the hiring and retention of heterogeneous workers who learn over time. We show that the problem can be analyzed as an infinite-armed bandit with switching costs and apply results from Bergemann and Valimaki (2001) to characterize the optimal hiring and retention policy. For problems with Gaussian data, we develop approximations that allow the efficient implementation of the optimal policy and the evaluation of its performance. Our numerical examples demonstrate that the value of active monitoring and screening of employees can be substantial.

Event URL

www.fuquaworld.duke.edu/www/fsc/poster.jsp?number=17979

Contact Name

Alessandro Arlotto

Contact Email

alessandro.arlotto@duke.edu