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A Note on the Stability of Full Employment

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  • Hansjorg Klausinger

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This note investigates the stability properties of the Keynesian macro-model under the assumption of slow adjustment of nominal wages and expectations of inflation. First, the stability conditions of the 'flexible-interest-rate regime' are related to those derived by Cagan (1956) and Tobin (1975), emphasising the potentially destabilising effect of wage flexibility. Then, taking the restriction of a zero floor to the nominal interest rate into account it is shown that the model exhibits 'corridor stability'. From this follows the conjecture that increasing the rate of steady-state inflation makes it 'more probable' that the system returns to full-employment after a shock of given size.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Review of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 14 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 211-225

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Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:14:y:2002:i:2:p:211-225

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  1. Alain Béraud, 2003. "Keynes et Pigou sur le salaire monétaire et l'emploi: une synthèse du débat," Post-Print halshs-00004808, HAL.

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