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The Return of the Wage Phillips Curve

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  • Jordi Galí
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    The standard New Keynesian model with staggered wage setting is shown to imply a simple dynamic relation between wage inflation and unemployment. Under some assumptions, that relation takes a form similar to that found in empirical wage equationsstarting from Phillips(1958) original workand may thus be viewed as providing some theoretical foundations to the latter. The structural wage equation derived here is shown to account reasonably well for the comovement of wage inflation and the unemployment rate in the U.S. economy, even under the strong assumption of a constant natural rate of unemployment.

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    Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 474.

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    Date of creation: Jun 2010
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    Keywords: Staggered nominal wage setting; New Keynesian model; unemployment fluctuations; empirical wage equations;

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    1. Bande, Roberto & Karanassou, Marika, 2010. "Spanish Regional Unemployment Revisited: The Role of Capital Accumulation," IZA Discussion Papers 5012, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Galí, Jordi, 2010. "Monetary Policy and Unemployment," Handbook of Monetary Economics, in: Benjamin M. Friedman & Michael Woodford (ed.), Handbook of Monetary Economics, edition 1, volume 3, chapter 10, pages 487-546 Elsevier.

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