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Nominal Contracting and Monetary Targets -- Drifting into Indexation

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  • Patrick Minford

    (Cardiff University and CEPR)

  • Eric Nowell

    (University of Liverpool)

  • Bruce Webb

    (Cardiff University)

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We look for a theoretical justification of nominal wage contracts in household diversification of risk. In a calibrated general equilibrium model we find from stochastic simulation that if both productivity and monetary shocks are temporary then optimal wage contracts are overwhelmingly nominal. The model suggests that the persistence in monetary shocks not only raises wage protection but also reduces welfare in a world where productivity shocks are persistent, as both theory and our empirical results for the OCED suggest they are. This suggests that this central bank practice is due for review. Copyright Royal Economic Society 2003.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 113 (2003)
Issue (Month): 484 (January)
Pages: 65-100

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:113:y:2003:i:484:p:65-100

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Cited by:
  1. Julio A. Carrillo & Gert Peersman & Joris Wauters, 2014. "Endogenous Wage Indexation and Aggregate Shocks," CESifo Working Paper Series 4816, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Vo Le & Patrick Minford, 2006. "Joining the European Monetary Union—Comparing First and Second Generation Open Economy Models," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 17(3), pages 281-296, July.
  3. Matthews, Kent & Meenagh, David & Minford, Patrick & Webb, Bruce, 2006. "Monetary regimes: is there a trade-off between consumption and employment variability?," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2006/12, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section.
  4. Michael, Hatcher, 2013. "Indexed versus nominal government debt under inflation and price-level targeting," SIRE Discussion Papers 2013-56, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
  5. Le, Vo Phuong Mai & Minford, Patrick, 2007. "Optimising Indexation Arrangements under Calvo Contracts and their Implications for Monetary Policy," CEPR Discussion Papers 6325, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  6. Le, Vo Phuong Mai & Minford, Patrick, 2006. "Joining the European Monetary Union - Comparing First and Second Generation Open Economy Models," CEPR Discussion Papers 5615, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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