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How Do Nominal and Real Rigidities Interact? A Tale of the Second Best

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  • ROMAIN DUVAL
  • LUKAS VOGEL

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This paper analyses the importance of real wage rigidities, in particular through their interaction with price stickiness, for optimal monetary policy in a calibrated small open economy DSGE model including oil in production and consumption. Blanchard and Galí (2007a) show real rigidities to introduce a trade-off between stabilising inflation and the welfare-relevant output gap. The present paper complements their findings by showing that the welfare cost of real rigidities can be substantial compared to nominal frictions. In a typical “tale of the second best”, we also show that in the presence of real wage rigidities, price stickiness can be welfare-enhancing.

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Volume (Year): 44 (2012)
Issue (Month): 7 (October)
Pages: 1455-1474

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  1. Romain Duval & Lukas Vogel, 2008. "Oil Price Shocks, Rigidities and the Conduct of Monetary Policy: Some Lessons from a New Keynesian Perspective," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 603, OECD Publishing.
  2. Knell, Markus, 2013. "Nominal and real wage rigidities. In theory and in Europe," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 89-105.
  3. Vogel, Lukas, 2011. "Interacting nominal and real labour market rigidities," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 111(3), pages 264-267, June.
  4. M. Alper Çenesiz & Luís Guimarães, 2013. "Sticky Price Models, Durable Goods, and Real Wage Rigidities," CEF.UP Working Papers 1305, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
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