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Staggered Price Contracts and Inflation Persistence: Some General Results

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  • Whelan, Karl

    (Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland)

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Despite their popularity as theoretical tools for illustrating the effects of nominal rigidities, some have questioned whether models based on Taylor-style staggered contracts can match the persistence of the empirical inflation process. This paper presents some general theoretical results about the Taylor-style models. It is shown that these models do not have a problem matching high autocorrelations for inflation. However, they fail to explain a key feature of reduced-form Phillips-curve regressions: The positive dependence of inflation on its own lags. It is shown that staggered price contracting models instead predict that the coefficients on these lag terms should be negative.

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Paper provided by Central Bank of Ireland in its series Research Technical Papers with number 8/RT/04.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:cbi:wpaper:8/rt/04

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