Relative Price Distortions and Inflation Persistence
AbstractSticky-price models often suggest that relative price distortion is a major cost of inflation. We provide an intuition for this: Even at low rates, inflation strongly affects price dispersion which in turn has an impact on the economy qualitatively similar to, and of the order of magnitude of, a negative shift in productivity. The utility cost of price dispersion is quantified and its impact on optimal monetary policy discussed. Price dispersion is incorporated into a linearised model. Strikingly, a contractionary nominal shock has a persistent, negative hump-shaped impact on inflation but may have a positive hump-shaped impact on output. Copyright � The Author(s). Journal compilation � Royal Economic Society 2009.
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- Tatiana Damjanovic & Charles Nolan, 2006. "Relative Price Distortions and Inflation Persistence," CDMA Working Paper Series 200611, Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis.
- E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
- E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
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