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Sticky Prices and Indeterminacy

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  • MARK WEDER

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The aim of this paper is to analyze the link between price rigidity and indeterminacy. This is done within a cash-in-advance economy that is known to exhibit indeterminacy at high degrees of relative risk aversion. My findings show that price stickiness reduces the scope of these sunspot equilibria: to be compatible with indeterminacy, sluggish price adjustment requires degrees of relative risk aversion that prove too high to square with data. Copyright (c) 2008 The Ohio State University.

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Volume (Year): 40 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 (08)
Pages: 1073-1082

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  1. Kevin X.D. Huang & Qinglai Meng, 2007. "Is Forward-Looking Inflation Targeting Destabilizing? The Role of Policy's Response to Current Output under Endogenous Investment," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0704, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
  2. Jianpo Xue & Chong K. Yip, 2013. "Balanced-Budget Rules and Aggregate Instability: The Role of Consumption Taxes in a Monetary Economy," Working Papers 112013, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
  3. Kevin X.D. Huang & Qinglai Meng, 2007. "Distance to Frontier and the Big Swings of the Unemployment Rate: What Room is Left for Monetary Policy?," Kiel Working Papers 1348, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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