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The Price-Wage Mechanism in Poland: An Endogenous Switching Model

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  • Jacek Osiewalski
  • Aleksander Welfe

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This paper proposes a two-equation price-wage model that enables to test whether the inflationary pressure on wage rate is only present when the rate of inflation is greater than some threshold value. Since the likelihood function for this model is very nonstandard, we develop a small-sample Bayesian approach to estimate its parameters. Our empirical results for Poland, 1962–1993, give support to the hypothesis of the price- wage spiral with a positive threshold value of inflation. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Economics of Planning.

Volume (Year): 30 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 205-220

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Handle: RePEc:kap:ecopln:v:30:y:1997:i:2:p:205-220

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  1. Pole, A. M. & Smith, A. F. M., 1985. "A bayesian analysis of some threshold switching models," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 29(1-2), pages 97-119.
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  1. Tihomir Enev & Kenneth Koford, 2000. "The Effect of Incomes Policies on Inflation in Bulgaria and Poland," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 33(3), pages 141-169, October.

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