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Staggered wages and output dynamics under disinflation

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  • Ascari, Guido
  • Rankin, Neil

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We study the output costs of a reduction in monetary growth in a dynamic general equilibrium model with staggered wages. The money wage is fixed for two periods, and is chosen according to intertemporal optimization. Agents have labour market monopoly power. We show that the introduction of microfoundations helps to resolve the puzzle raised by directly postulated models, namely that disinflation in staggered pricing models causes a boom. In our model disinflation, whether unanticipated or anticipated, unambiguously causes a slump.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Volume (Year): 26 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
Pages: 653-680

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:26:y:2002:i:4:p:653-680

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