The Relative Stickiness of Wages and Prices
AbstractWhile many modern business cycle theories posit the existence of nominal wage and/or output price stickiness, their relative importance remains an unsettled issue. Using a structural VAR model, this paper exploits evidence on the behavior of real wages to assess the relative importance of these two sources of stickiness. The empirical results suggest that a positive shock to aggregate demand causes a significant temporary fall in real wages. This is taken as evidence that sticky wages have played a more important role than sticky prices in transmitting aggregate demand shocks to real economic activity in the postwar United States. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 36 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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