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A Simple Model Of Keynesian Unemployment

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  • Tetsuya Nakajima

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This paper presents a general equilibrium model that extends a static New Keynesian framework to an overlapping generations model. The model shows multiple stationary states, one of which has the following strong Keynesian features: (1) a reduction in wages generates increased unemployment through a decrease in consumption, and (2) the fiscal multiplier is larger than unity and is increasing in the wage share in income. Copyright � 2009 The Author. Journal compilation � 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 61 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (05)
Pages: 239-256

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