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Sticky Prices and Indeterminacy

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  • Mark Weder

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    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

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The aim of the present paper is to analyze the link between price rigidity and indeterminacy. This is done within a cash-in-advance economy from which we know that it exhibits indeterminacy at high degrees of relative risk aversion. I find that price stickiness reduces the scope of these sunspot equilibria; sluggish price adjustment requires degrees of relative risk aversion compatible with indeterminacy that prove too high to square with data.

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Paper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 2006-02.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2006-02

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Keywords: cash-in-advance economies; Calvo-pricing; sunspot equilibria;

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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. 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.
  3. 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.

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