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A mixed industrial structure magnifies the importance of menu costs

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  • David Dixon, Huw
  • Thustrup Hansen, Claus

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New Keynesian literature assumes symmetric industrial structure when analysing explanations of money non-neutrality. This paper analyses the impact of modifying this assumption by allowing for a mixed industrial structure; some industries are characterized by monopolistic competition, others by perfect competition. The mixed industrial structure implies misallocation of labour between the different industries which may contribute to explanations of non-neutrality of money. Following a 5% money increase, the menu costs needed for non-neutrality may be 40 times smaller and ratio of welfare gain over private loss more than 100 times larger than in the corresponding model with a symmetric structure.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 43 (1999)
Issue (Month): 8 (August)
Pages: 1475-1499

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  1. Philippe Quirion & Meriem Hamdi-Cherif, 2007. "General equilibrium impact of an energy-saving policy in the public sector," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 38(2), pages 245-258, October.
  2. Huw David Dixon & Claus Thustrup Hansen & Henrik J. Kleven, . "Dual Labour Markets and Menu Costs: Explaining the Cyclicality of Productivity and Wage Differentials," EPRU Working Paper Series 99-13, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  3. Claus Thustrup Kreiner, 2002. "Do the New Keynesian Microfoundations Rationalise Stabilisation Policy?," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(479), pages 384-401, April.
  4. Thomas Lubik, 2003. "Industrial Structure and Monetary Policy in a Small Open Economy," Economics Working Paper Archive 493, The Johns Hopkins University,Department of Economics.

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